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.
The survey was interpreted as a tone-deaf move by Everton fans, who immediately voiced their displeasure with the situation on Twitter.
Don’t understand why Everton are running a fans’ survey about their manager. If the club can’t already see his ineptitude without the supporters’ feedback it’s rather worrying, don’t you think?
— Ric George (@Ric__George) April 17, 2018
I’m not massively against allardyce I more think the players are the issue at our club. But the fact Everton needed to send a survey out to gauge fans feelings shows how distant they are from the fans Joke
— Michael Callaway (@mickcallaway21) April 17, 2018
— Colette Kell (@ColetteKell1) April 17, 2018
A survey? Seriously? How to undermine your manager. Bizarre from Everton. They should know fans' views anyway without needing to conduct a survey… https://t.co/HCafdNDl3O
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 17, 2018
Some supporters were incredulous that the club was turning to the fans to settle a debate that they saw as obvious.
For me shows how clueless they are. Its there job to hire or fire not the fans!!! While we all agree sam is useless, you will never ever here of another club doing a survey on their gaffer. Sunday league stuff really is
— Sean Mckenna (@seanmckenna212) April 18, 2018
This survey Everton is a embarrassment ! The chairman is a Blue he should know what the fans think !if we are doing them let's do one asking the fans about Kenwright Elstone & the Board ! They won't ! Another PR Disaster
— Mark (@markelliott1878) April 18, 2018
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.
Tbf to everton I think it's the same survey they put out most years but this one has spectacularly backfired.
The club seriously need a fan liaison officer who actually speaks to fans via social networks like Alan Myers used to do.
— Peter Mcpartland (@PED7) April 17, 2018
Seems the fan survey has been criticised by some but I for one was pleased to see Everton garnering fan opinion. Attendances, protests and chants can all give club an indication of fan feeling but having true numbers from a survey in black and white will surely enforce message.
— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) April 18, 2018
Mad how much is being made of that survey. The vast majority of it had nothing to do with the manager, coaching staff etc.
— Everton Fans Corner (@EFCFansCorner_) April 18, 2018
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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He also had an admission regarding Richarlison. The Everton director of football confirmed that the club had to pay over the price they felt was fair for the Brazilian attacker.
The deal, which has been reported to be as high as £50 million, was difficult due to Watford’s anger at the way Everton pursued Marco Silva last season. Everton therefore had to pay a premium for the forward.
It appears Everton may have found a club for Cuco Martina. The Curacao full-back was told earlier this month that he was free to leave Everton.
Everton have already sent Welshman Ashley Williams on loan to Stoke this summer.
Everton have allowed Nikola Vlasic to leave the club. The Croatian arrived in a £10 million deal from Hajduk Split last season. However, he has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park since the men who brought him in, Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh, were replaced by Marco Silva and Marcel Brands.
The young attacker has joined CSKA Moscow on a season-long loan deal in the Russian capital.
Four years on from fearless Merseyside debut, Tyias Browning must leave Everton this month
The Everton defender was relegated with Sunderland last season.
When Tyias Browning made his way into the first-team at Everton there was plenty of hype surrounding the defender. A local lad with international credentials the defender was a hit with fans from the off. Strong, fast and good on the ball he was everything fans want in a defensive talent. His debut went down well as well. He came on for the injured Tony Hibbert at right-back against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. The fearless youngster took the game to Liverpool and Everton scored an equaliser, thanks to Phil Jagielka’s thunderstrike.
The sky appeared to be the limit for Browning. However, four years on, and it seems he needs to leave Goodison Park.
In December 2015 he suffered a ruptured ACL and underwent surgery. Browning spent 11 months on the sidelines and, since then, has struggled to get back into Everton’s first-team thoughts.
A loan spell at Preston in 2017 was followed by a season with his former Deepdale boss Simon Grayson at Sunderland last term. That did not go to plan. The Black Cats were relegated and Browning’s season ended in March with a groin strain.
“His pace and power are his obvious massive plus-points and strengths. If you can’t beat him with pace, you can’t outmuscle him either. When you are as big and strong as Tyias, it takes a lot to get past him; an unbelievable amount of skill – or luck!”
Now he is back at Everton, but way down the pecking order. The signing of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma on deadline day set him back. Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate are all ahead of him. Even youngsters like Matthew Pennington and Morgan Feeney could protest to be nearer the first-team.
At 24-years-old, it appears the time has come for the hometown boy to cut his ties with Everton. For the good of his career, it is the only choice that makes sense.
Everton should hand Seamus Coleman the captain’s armband permanently
The Irish right-back is the perfect man to take Everton forward.
This weekend Everton will be without club captain Phil Jagielka for the clash with Southampton in the Premier League. The veteran defender is suspended for three games after picking up a red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season.
Which means somebody else will have to lead Everton out for the fixture.
The easy choice is Leighton Baines. The former England full-back is the most experienced player left in the Everton team.
However, Seamus Coleman looks like he might receive the accolade and rightly so.
The Irishman is a natural born leader and the Everton players have the utmost respect for the swashbuckling full-back. Coleman, who spent much of last season on the sidelines with a horrific leg break, is also the captain of his nation, which means he is more than ready to lead out Everton.
This should not be a temporary appointment either. With the arrival of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, the Toffees are likely to leave Jagielka by the wayside this season.
With Baines also approaching the end of his Everton first-team shelf-life, handing the armband to Coleman makes sense in the long-term.
The perfect man to replace him as captain is undoubtedly Coleman. Marco Silva should give him that honour.
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