Sam Allardyce denied any rumours claiming he has been approached by Everton, but did state he was the “best of any recent manager” the Toffees have had.
The former England manager was linked with a surprise return to the club, nearly five years after taking over from Ronald Koeman in November 2017. Everton recently sacked Frank Lampard after a terrible run of one win in 14 matches left them in 19th position in the Premier League.
Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is still the favourite, while reports from Sky Sports also claim ex-Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is now one of the contenders. And with the Toffees seemingly not making any progress since Allardyce was in the dugout, the former Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland manager believes his spell in charge was one “the best” the club have had recently.
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“If I was going to Everton, they’d have already rang me,” Allardyce said to the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, on behalf of William Hill and Footy Accumulators. “I have a lot of respect for (majority owner) Farhad Moshiri and the money he has found for Everton.
“Obviously, they haven’t invested like Newcastle. They have invested in players that haven’t delivered under two different managers. I only bought two when I was there, and I am still proud of my achievement because it was the best of any recent manager. They need someone to go over there that can get the team functioning correctly straight away.”
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Allardyce took up the reins at Goodison Park nearly one month after Koeman was ousted by the club. Despite guiding the Toffees to an eighth place finish, Allardyce was sacked by the club at the end of the season.
Since the departure of David Moyes in 2013, the Toffees have had seven permanent managers including two Champions League-winning managers in the form of Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez, while David Unsworth and Duncan Ferguson both took temporary charge on two occasions during their managerial search.
And in the wake of their recent hiring and firing tendencies, Allardyce believes the club will not move forward unless they sort out the evident issues in their infrastructure.
"The manager’s job is to keep his position by getting results,” he added. “Normally a club would put structural systems into place, and everybody would feel that little bit more secure, helping a manager do his job who is in the middle of it all, trying to communicate between all of the different areas.
"And then, from there, you build the football club with everybody in line, the directors, the players, the staff, and the supporters. It took Manchester City about five or six years to build that. Manchester United have been broken for a while, but they look like they are getting back to it with a very competent coach.
“The right manager can save them, but he will have to shut out all of the surroundings, get their players to put their headphones on and block out the white noise.
"It’s impossible to do it completely with all the media, but they need to focus the first-team players. They will have a real battle to get the problems out and keep Everton up, but it can be done with that squad because they are good enough. I believe they are good enough.”
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