Sam Allardyce has made even more enemies at Everton today after making a stunning claim about the fans expectations and ambitions.
The Englishman was always going to face an uphill battle to win over the fans who were not thrilled to see him unveiled as the new Toffees boss.
It started off well for Allardyce with the club grinding out results but now the Goodison side have only two wins in ten games.
That has lead to questions over his future and Everton fans saw today as Allardyce’s final nail in the coffin.
The boss suggested that fans should lower their expectations as the pressure they face is the same as Newcastle and West Ham.
He also claimed that the club has transformed over him, despite the fact that they started life under Allardyce 6 points clear of the relegation zone and are now just 7 points clear.
“The pressure at Everton is the same as Newcastle and West Ham, but they’ve won a lot more in past years here,” he said at his pre-Burnley press conference.
“But there’s the same at Newcastle and West Ham. They have lots of fans that want to see the club win things and Everton are the same. You have to try and build a team to get success back.”
“From where we started, down in the bottom end and everyone talking about relegation, to where we are now [is an improvement].”
“I am here as long as I win football matches, and if you don’t win football matches it doesn’t matter how long your contract is.
“At the moment we are in a very good position. I am slightly surprised by the [speculation] but you can look at the two differences between us, good at home and not good enough away from home.
Safe to say, Everton fans were not happy in the slightest.
While there is pressure on Newcastle and West Ham to succeed, the Toffees have spent close to £200m on new players and paying Allardyce £9m for an 18-month contract.
They certainly want more for their money and expect to be putting pressure on the top six.