Michael Walker: Big Sam is back in town at Everton

Allardyce is viewed as old school even if Ferguson calls him ‘ahead of his time’

 Sam Allardyce  arriving at Goodison Park for  the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United on November 29th. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sam Allardyce arriving at Goodison Park for the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United on November 29th. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

This is a public health warning: some of you should remove any sharp implements nearby because what follows is a defence of Sam Allardyce, football manager. It’s not a popular calling, this. Selling An Phoblacht at a DUP conference might be less fraught.

True blue Evertonians began the week embarrassed by the performance at Southampton and the general mismanagement of their club from the boardroom. Dread kicked in on Monday when it seemed Allardyce, not Marco Silva or some other “progressive” appointment, was about to be made. When confirmation of Allardyce came on Wednesday, widespread squirming and anger replaced that dread.

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