Sam Allardyce: Everton send survey to fans asking to rate manager

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Sam Allardyce
Allardyce has failed to win over many of Everton's followers since succeeding Ronald Koeman in November

Everton have sent a survey to a group of supporters asking them to rate manager Sam Allardyce's performance on a scale of zero to 10.

The survey is part of an exercise with a fan panel designed to discover how connected they feel to the club.

Fans are asked to rate the statement: "I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff... e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team."

Allardyce, 63, took charge in November.

He has guided Everton to ninth in the Premier League after taking 27 points from 20 games since replacing the sacked Ronald Koeman.

However, there has been growing discontent among some supporters over what they perceive as a negative playing style.

Allardyce suffered abuse from supporters during and after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Swansea City, having been subjected to similar treatment after the defeat at Burnley on 3 March.

Speculation surrounds Allardyce's future and there are suggestions owner Farhad Moshiri is contemplating a summer managerial change.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva - Moshiri's first choice after Koeman was sacked last October - is now available after his dismissal at Vicarage Road and Shakhtar Donetsk's Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca has also been linked with the post.

PSV Eindhoven's sporting director Marcel Brands is to give a decision soon on whether he will move to Everton, which would call into question the future of director of football Steve Walsh.

Everton send out a fan survey several times a year. The club sent the same list of questions to some fans last May, including one out about their view on Koeman.

The latest one also asks supporters to rate their level of trust in players being "loyal and performing at their best", and the club's senior leadership team.

There are questions too about how Everton are portrayed in the media and on the overall direction of the club.

'It's disrespectful to the manager' - Stubbs

Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs captained Everton as a player and also had a spell at the club as a coach under David Moyes

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs said it is "disrespectful" for the club to ask supporters to mark Allardyce in a survey.

"I'm very surprised by it," said the former Toffees centre-back. "I don't think it is good in the sense that there is only going to be one answer and it is not going to be positive.

"There is no denying it, there is an element of Everton fans, and it is growing, that would not like to see Sam there next year.

"I really feel sorry for Sam and his staff that they are having to deal with this in the public.

"They asked for the fans' opinion on the new stadium and how they want it built, which I think is great. But in terms of asking about a manager, I think that is very disrespectful.

"I feel sorry for him. He has come in and did the job that he was expected to do."


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