Former Everton defender Sylvain Distin has slammed the club’s decision to appoint Sam Allardyce as the new manager, saying the board should be thinking of the long-term future.
The Toffees are finally expected to end weeks of managerial uncertainty by confirming Allardyce as the club’s new boss with an official announcement on Thursday or Friday.
Allardyce watched on as Everton thrashed West Ham United 4-0 at Goodison Park last night, to move five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
However, former Toffees centre-back Distin is disappointed with the club’s expected decision to appoint the former England boss, insisting that he is not the right man to take the club forward in the long-term.
“In the short-term, yes, it’s a good appointment, but at the same time I don’t feel like Everton were ever in a relegation battle, because I think they’ve got too much quality,” Distin said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (30/11).
“I think they could not find what they wanted and they’d rather go for Sam and make sure the club stay in the Premier League.
“It’s a bit of a disappointment because I was hoping for something long-term.
“I think the club are in a position with the finances they have where they need to think long-term.”
Allardyce, who was last in charge of Crystal Palace, has an exceptional record of keeping club’s in the top flight.
However, Distin believes Everton were never in a relegation battle in the first place, despite being only two points above the drop zone before last night’s victory over West Ham.
Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Toffees is expected to be Saturday’s Premier League clash with newly-promoted Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park. Everton will go into the game in 13th place in the Premier League table.