By Richard Parks
Jamie Redknapp has insisted in the Daily Mail that Everton must sack Sam Allardyce even though he will be inundated with offers following his latest firefighting act.
The high-profile pundit is in no doubt that the Merseysiders’ bosses will call time on Allardyce’s spell at the helm after antagonising supporters with direct and sterile football.
But Redknapp also praised for experienced Premier League manager for expertly carrying out his instructions to steady the ship and is convinced that his reputation has only been enhanced in the last five months.
“The objective was to stay up and, now he has kept his side of the bargain, Allardyce should walk away at the end of the season, Redknapp wrote in the Mail. “Once a manager loses the supporters, it is very difficult to get them back onside.
“By steadying the ship and taking the side up to eighth, Allardyce has done his reputation no harm whatsoever. But the Everton fans have a clear idea about the football they want to see.
“This season, Everton have had Ronald Koeman’s Total Football and the pragmatic, direct Allardyce. Their next manager needs to be somewhere in between — a man whose teams will be exciting to watch while playing with fire in their bellies.
“Allardyce can leave with his head held high — and there will be plenty of offers for him. At Goodison Park, however, he doesn’t fit the bill.”
Allardyce was appointed last November on an 18-month contract but it has been widely reported that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is on the hunt for a new manager.
The Mirror claim the Moshiri is preparing to rip up Allardyce’s £115,000-a-week deal in the coming weeks.
Football Insider verdict:
Allardyce has comfortably guided Everton to safety – they now have 48 points and leapfrogged Leicester at the weekend, but supporters have not warmed to him. The team’s functional playing style is a world away from want fans want – that was evident yet again in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield – and it appears that the club’s hierarchy feel the same way following the huge investment in the squad in recent years. Moshiri is ambitious and willing to put his money where his mouth is. There was always the sense that Allardyce was seen as a necessary evil to stave off any thoughts of relegation, but a younger manager with bright ideas and a glowing reputation in the European game is high on the agenda for the Merseysiders. Expect Allardyce to be sent on his way with another massive pay-off.