Everton have confirmed that Sam Allardyce has left his post as manager.
Allardyce was appointed in November tasked with rescuing Everton from relegation trouble which was accomplished, but he was not exactly the most popular man at Goodison Park.
Big Sam’s defensive playing style did not go down well with the fans.
Everton’s chief executive Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “On behalf of the chairman, board of directors and Mr Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months.
“Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
“However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.
“Again, we’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future.”
Allardyce did however, make a few important transfers in January, bringing in Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott who have been among the Toffees most in-form attacking players in 2018.
Tosun made no secret that Big Sam played a major role in his transfer and that he wanted him while he was in charge of Crystal Palace last summer.
How will Sam Allardyce’s departure affect the Turkey international?
Big Sam did sign Tosun and the striker made it clear he is fond of the manager. The powerful striker fitted into Allardyce’s plans of having a forward capable of holding up play and a danger from aerial balls.
Tosun worked tirelessly but the problem was he was pretty much starved of service. Everton have a squad capable of playing a more adventurous style which made the head coaches cautious approach all the more frustrating for supporters.
The striker scored five goals since his arrival from just eight shots on target. Tosun has had to fight for scraps and was largely left an isolated figure up front. A far cry from his time at Besiktas when he had Ricardo Quaresma, Anderson Talisca and Ryan Babel bombarding him with clever through balls and crosses.
So how will Allardyce’s departure affect Tosun? well it all depends on his replacement. I would be surprised if Everton did not appoint a manager who brings a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football following pressure from the fans. A more attacking minded manager would benefit the former Besiktas man, should he have plans for the striker. Considering the fee the Toffees paid for Tosun and how well he has adapted, I think it is safe to say he will remain an option next season.
The striker has been initiated to Premier League football. After struggling at first he found his feat. Five goals from open play while playing under Allardyce’s style of football is a pretty decent return. I believe the best is yet to come but it all depends on who the Toffees appoint next.