Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the players are not getting to grips with his basic principles.
Allardyce has long been renowned for making his teams hard to beat. His teams play ugly football, but it works and they never get relegated. He may have got more than he bargained for taking over at Everton though, as the fans are growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of attacking intent.
After a positive start to life at the club, Big Sam’s basic principles of being hard to beat don’t even ring true anymore. The Toffees are not only playing uninspiring football, they aren’t hard to beat either.
Everton have conceded 14 goals in their last five away matches, and haven’t kept a clean sheet home or away since two consecutive 0-0 draws in December.
“In my time of taking over clubs who are struggling, I’ve never had such a big start as this one – seven undefeated,” Allardyce said. “And then you try and get into the lads and try and make them consistent because you get that first impact when they all want to show a new manager what they can do.
“My belief is you’ve got to instil the basic principles of how to win a game of football into the players so they continue doing well when the new manager gets familiar, those principles come into play. But that is not happening as good as I expect it at the moment.”
Everton are limping along in 11th place, but will hope to pick up some momentum against Brighton and Stoke before tough contests against Manchester City and Liverpool.
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