It was perhaps the worst kept secret in football, but Everton confirmed on Wednesday morning that Sam Alladryce had left the club.

Big Sam steadied the ship after taking over from previously sacked Ronald Koeman, and led them away from a relegation battle, but he failed to see the Blues kick on and they stagnated to a mid-table finish.

Here Adam Jones looks at one key area the next Blues boss will need to succeed.

It came as little surprise to most Everton fans when the news was finally confirmed on Wednesday morning.

After a meeting with Farhad Moshiri this week, it was confirmed that Sam Allardyce has left Goodison Park.

It’s been a toxic period for Everton football club over the last few months. Few will remember a time when the fan base have felt more divided from their manager and the intricacies of the team.

The 63-year-old came into the club on a bad footing, with significant sections of the support not happy with the appointment in the first place.

New Everton boss Sam Allardyce watches from the stands with owner Farhad Moshiri
New Everton boss Sam Allardyce watches from the stands with owner Farhad Moshiri

From then on, attitudes in press conferences only served to disenfranchise a growing number of fans – whilst performances on the pitch were ultimately dire.

Goodison Park hasn’t been a pleasant place to visit over the majority of this campaign, with fans knowing that a tepid display was almost certainly awaiting them.

The supporters played a major part in the departure of Allardyce – that show of unity with the loud boos and chants in the Southampton match in front of Moshiri can only have stayed in the major shareholder’s mind.

And ‘unity’ has to be a common phrase across the next few months.

The sweeping changes that are hurtling through the Blues hierarchy should be allowed to act as an antidote to the club’s toxic attitude.

Everton’s fans will be more important than ever over the next stage of the club’s development and they need to come together again to get behind the next manager, whoever that might be.

Marco Silva is the favourite with the bookmakers at the time of writing, but names such as Paulo Fonseca are still in the mix.

The fact remains that there is no outstanding candidate for the role right now, there’s not a boss that every Blues fan can agree on at the minute.

So yes, there will be some who are disappointed with the new manager, whichever name walks through the door.


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But, whoever that man may be, he needs time and patience from the club’s hierarchy and the fans to get this right.

We all know that it’s not just the manager that Everton will be changing this summer – there have already been sweeping changes across the board, whilst there are still rumours about a possible new director of football coming in at Goodison Park.

As the Blues enter this period of limbo ‘patience’ needs to be a key word.

Granted it’s not something that can be afforded in many cases across the top level of Premier League football at the minute, but it can’t be escaped that everyone at Everton will need time to really get their heads around the club’s situation on many levels.

This is just the start of an incredibly important period in the Blues’ long and illustrious history – and they need the fans with them there on every step of the way.

Just as they have been up to this point.

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