Sam Allardyce has taken aim at Marco Silva for championing “this so-called rubbish” of “open, attractive football” at Everton.
Silva is under immense pressure at Goodison Park after overseeing another summer of grand investment.
The Toffees are 17th in the Premier League table after 11 games, three points above the relegation zone, level with promoted Aston Villa and behind struggling Newcastle.
Allardyce, who has long held a grudge against both Silva, who replaced him as Everton manager in summer 2018, and the fans who he believes expected too much, has taken great pleasure in highlighting their difficulties.
“I remember winning at Newcastle, and that was the first away win – we won 1-0, Wayne Rooney scored, I’ll always remember it, first away game – and the press officer came to me, Brian, and said: ‘That’s our first win for something like, since last January.’
“I’d obviously got there in the new season. So they’d played out the old season from January, hadn’t won away. I’d gone in in November and that was their first win since then.
“Our home record, I think I only lost to Manchester City and Manchester United. I might be wrong, it might have been another one. So giving the home fans what they want – for me, they didn’t see that as enough because I had to shore the back [so] we didn’t have enough goals.
“And now they’re trying to play more of this so-called rubbish that goes around the world of football today, the fake news of open, attractive football. It’s not open, attractive football if you’re fifth from bottom of the Premier League with 11 points.
“The Everton fans, at the end of the day, won’t put up with that.”