Sam Allardyce has told BeIN Sports that Jordan Pickford would not be making the kind of mistakes that he has been, if Everton had his goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson at the club.
Margetson joined Everton in December 2017 and left at the end of the 2017-18 season alongside Allardyce. He has also worked with Allardyce at West Ham United, England and Crystal Palace.
Pickford was at fault for dropping a ball uncontested, before rugby-tackling Salomon Rondon in the penalty area. He saved the penalty, but also made a mistake for Newcastle’s equaliser – parrying a Miguel Almiron shot into the path of Ayoze Perez.
Newcastle came from two down to beat Everton 3-2, with Pickford’s struggling form a question mark once again. Allardyce – who managed both sides – stated that if Margetson was at the club, Pickford’s form would not be an issue.
“I would be speaking to my goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson,” Allardyce said. “But if Margetson was there, I will tell you 100 per cent, that Jordan Pickford would not be making those mistakes.
“He would not. He would not let him get away with it, at all. Simple.”
A somewhat astonishing claim from Allardyce, given that all players go through bouts of bad form. Pickford is certainly far from his best, but it must be noted that he did save a penalty – his third penalty save of the season.
Everton’s current goalkeeping coach is Hugo Oliveira, who has 15 years of experience from Portugal. He has worked with Julio Cesar and Jan Oblak, and is hardly lacking in knowledge.
It seems a bit outlandish from Allardyce to claim that if Margetson was in Oliveira’s role, £30m signing (BBC) Pickford would not be making mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, regardless of your coach.