Date: 12th February 2018 at 4:08pm
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Sam Allardyce is having a tough time winning Everton fans over despite lifting their side to ninth in the Premier League.

Everton took another three points on Saturday against Crystal Palace, but former Everton player Michael Ball has said that he’s showing an alarming gap between him and the fans.

Writing in his column in the Liverpool Echo, Ball said that Allardyce has claimed that the fans have been entertained since he arrived.

Ball took exception with this and claimed that the new manager was too far removed from the Everton fans and pointed to a substitution in the game against Palace by way of proof.

With the game all but won with the score at 3-0 in the 80th minute, he took off Idrissa Gueye and put on Morgan Schneiderlin to a chorus of boos from the home crowd.

Schneiderlin has faced almost constant criticism this season from fans for what they perceive as lacklustre performances and they weren’t happy at seeing him come in instead of new striker Cenk Tosun.

“It was disappointing Cenk Tosun didn’t come on on Saturday,” said Ball.

“I could understand the situation, however, as it looked as though they were to-ing and fro-ing about who to come on.

“Allardyce decided to bring Morgan Schneiderlin on who was greeted with boos as he stood on the touchline.

“The manager’s comments afterwards that he was unaware of the situation with Schneiderlin and the fans, and how his performances have not come up to scratch, shouldn’t have been a surprise to him but shows how far away he is from the fans.

“It shouldn’t have come as a shock to Sam at all.”

Tsoun signed for Everton for £27million in January but has struggled to adapt to the Premier League.

He’s made three Premier League appearances without scoring and only made the bench for Saturday’s game.

In other Everton news: ‘Point to prove’ – Danny Murphy raves about one Everton player in 3-1 win v Crystal Palace

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