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Blown out of proportion or a ‘PR disaster’? Everton fans react to controversial survey

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Blown out of proportion or a ‘PR disaster’? Everton fans react to controversial survey

The club’s recent survey has been met by a mixed response.

This week, Everton supporters were sent a controversial club survey that asked fans to rate manager Sam Allardyce’s performance on a scale of 1 to 10.

This question sparked a firestorm of impassioned responses, with many Evertonians incensed that the club would publicly shame Allardyce in such a way.

Others expressed their displeasure at the necessity of the survey, arguing it should be clear to Everton’s management that the former England manager is widely despised.

The incident also elicited a public condemnation from former Everton defender Alan Stubbs, who criticised the club survey, describing his surprise at the ‘disrespectful’ questions.

The survey controversy has come at exactly the wrong time for the club, as fan anger is at an all-time high.

The botched move to gauge supporter satisfaction is representative of larger mismanagement at Goodison Park.

Haphazard summer signings and poor managerial appointments have blighted the reign of Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri, leaving many supporters dismayed at the direction of the Merseyside club.

The survey was interpreted as a tone-deaf move by Everton fans, who immediately voiced their displeasure with the situation on Twitter.

Some supporters were incredulous that the club was turning to the fans to settle a debate that they saw as obvious.

But some Toffees supporters viewed the uproar over the survey as undeserved, pointing out that the management question was just one part of the survey, and that the survey had been distributed in past seasons.

Regardless of the merits of the survey, it nonetheless has attracted unwanted attention to Goodison Park during a time of real turmoil over the direction of the club.

And judging by many responses, the results of the survey will make an uncomfortable showing for the Everton hierarchy.

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Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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