COMMENT By Richard Parks
Surely, the writing is now on the wall for Sam Allardyce.
As revealed by Football Insider today, the Everton manager has been summoned to London by the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri for crunch talks on Thursday.
Given the precarious nature of Allardyce’s position and the intense speculation surrounding his future at the club, there is a real likelihood that Moshiri will tell him he will not be returning to Goodison Park for a second season.
Of course, Big Sam could be summoned to the Iranian billionaire’s offices in the capital to discuss transfers ahead of the summer window, as he did when he held talks with Moshiri in London in January.
But that would appear unlikely, given that there is a month of the season remaining and the club are overhauling their recruitment structure, with PSV’s Marcel Brands set to take charge of transfers in the coming weeks.
Allardyce might not be axed immediately as that would mean a bigger pay-off, but he could go with a year remaining on the 18-month contract he was handed last November.
The experienced Premier League manager will certainly not be missed by supporters, the majority of whom can’t stand the functional playing style he has imposed.
Allardyce can point out he has comfortably achieved his target of Premier League safety, with Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United taking Everton to eighth in the Premier League table.
But fans were still highly critical of the team’s performance on social media, and that has been a common theme after wins.
The club’s followers don’t just want victories, they want to be entertained.
That certainly won’t happen under Allardyce to any great degree, whose calling cards are organisation, resilience and then the odd goal on the counter-attack.
Surely, Moshiri will thank the man who the Mirror have reported is paid £115,000-a-week for his time and tell him to clear his desk.