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Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned Marco Silva that he must change his tactics with the club sat just three points above the relegation zone.
The Portuguese replaced Allardyce back in 2018 and the former England boss has suggested that his work at the club was better than Silva’s.
Allardyce has criticised the current tactics of the Everton man and told talkSPORT: “It’s a massive disappointment for [Farhad] Moshiri with the money available at Everton.
“The things is with Everton, even before me, it was a massive struggle to win away from home for whatever mental reason for the players. It’s gone on for ages, and it’s still the same now.
“I went in in November and I remember winning at Newcastle and that was the club’s first away win since January.
“Our home record, I think I only lost to Man City and Man United. So I was giving the home fans what they want but they didn’t see that as enough because we didn’t have enough goals.
“Now they’re trying to play more of this rubbish that goes around the world of football, this fake news of so-called ‘open attractive football’.
“It’s not ‘open attractive football’ if you’re fourth from bottom of the league with 11 points. Everton fans won’t put up with that.”
After the defeat to Burnley last month, it was reported that Silva had the next three games to save his job. In the time since that report was published, Everton have won two, drawn one and lost one.
However, with the club 17th in the table, there is justification for him to be gone very soon. Up next for the Blues are clashes with Southampton and Norwich City – both are below them in the table.
Dropped points in these fixtures could put Everton in the relegation zone as we head into Christmas, especially when you consider the calibre of the opposition they are set to face after the next pair of games.
After a trip to high-flying Leicester City, Silva must battle with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City within a month of each other.
Silva has to change something because there is a serious possibility of the club falling into a genuine relegation scrap in the coming weeks.