Big Sam addresses Everton future and style of play criticism

Date published: Friday 2nd March 2018 10:36

Sam Allardyce says he is “slightly surprised” at speculation over his future at Everton.

Allardyce only took over in November, after which the Toffees went on a seven-game unbeaten run to climb the Premier League table.

But since that streak, Allardyce has seen his side lose six of their last nine matches, which has coincided with criticism from supporters over their style of play.

Reports have suggested that Allardyce might leave at the end of the season with a year still remaining on an 18-month contract, but the Toffees boss refused to be drawn on that when he spoke to the media before Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

“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,” he said.

“At the moment we are in a very good position. I am slightly surprised about the situation (speculation) but you can look at the two differences between us: good at home and not good enough away from home.”

He also hit back at criticism of the style of play under his charge.

“Style of play is only brought up by previous people making out from many years ago we were playing this type of football, which is 10 years ago past,” he said.

“People speculate on it with no complete information at all.”

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