Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says Everton fans to do not want Sam Allardyce at the club, and proved it by not singing his name when they were 4-0 up, something he said was “unusual”.
The Toffees are expected to end weeks of managerial uncertainty in the next 24 hours when they confirm the former England manager as the club’s replacement for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month.
Allardyce watched on from the directors box at Goodison Park last night as the Toffees thrashed West Ham United 4-0 in the Premier League, with the club expected to make an official announcement later today.
Everton face newly-promoted Huddersfield Town in Premier League action at Goodison on Saturday afternoon, in what is expected to be Allardyce’s first match in charge.
However, Merson, who is predicting a 2-0 win for the home side, is not convinced Toffees fans are happy with his expected appointment.
“Home advantage will be crucial here against a team that doesn’t score goals,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“The atmosphere wasn’t great in that win over West Ham and it won’t improve with Sam Allardyce coming in.
“I don’t think the fans want him there – I didn’t hear anyone signing his name when they were 4-0 up. It was unusual.”
Merson said earlier in the week that Allardyce is the best choice for the role and will keep the club in the Premier League, so his latest statement comes as somewhat of a surprise.
Club legend Wayne Rooney stole the show for Everton last night with a superb hat-trick, including a contender for goal of the season from inside his own half.
The result sees the Toffees climb to 13th place in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s game with the Terriers.