Sam Allardyce says his players are to blame for Everton’s under-performance, not the manager.
Everton slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday, leaving them ninth in the Premier League table but just seven points from the relegation zone.
The Toffees have struggled for consistency under Allardyce since his November appointment, but he insists he is not the one at fault.
Asked whether the players should be performing better in relation to their transfer fees, Allardyce said: “Yes, no doubt about that.
“But you see Everton is in an inflated price bracket because everyone knew it had got money to spend so every player they went for ended up at a certain price for Everton.
“If it was Man United it would be even more, but if it’s less than Everton it’s less.
“We are in that bracket now so we either say we pay that price and bring the player in or we don’t. And that’s what you live with today.
“Yes I would say the players need to be dealing with it more for the money we’ve paid for them.”
The one-game England manager went on to further ensure everyone knows his players are to blame, not him.
“They get the ball and pass it, not me,” he added.
“So, if you get the ball and move it forward to one of your front men, your front men get in the game and they attack the other team’s defence.
“But you can’t blame me if they don’t pass the ball to each other.”
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