Everton far greater than West Ham or Newcastle, says Sam Allardyce

Carrie Guzman
March 9, 2018

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has told of his desire to stay on Merseyside for a number of years but knows he must garner positive results if he is to bolster his wafer-thin chances of remaining in power beyond this summer.

He said: "Chris Hughton, outstanding what he's done at Brighton".

'We have to make sure there is no legacy of the disappointment of the last two away games and be on top form on Saturday because we need to obviously get a win.

Though he will be missing a first-choice centre half in the form of the suspended Ashley Williams, the manager has been boosted by the return to fitness of Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines, all of whom are now available.

"We have a put a bit of pressure on ourselves because of the last two away results and we have to cope with the pressure and deliver for the fans who are very, very important to us, home and away".

"The ambition of Everton is different to Newcastle and different to West Ham but if you don't play as well as they expect you to do they show their disapproval and that's what you have to deal with as a manager".

"We're in a hard period, yes, but we have to turn that around starting Saturday", Allardyce said.

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"Few clubs give you time these days and I don't think we are that club any more". Fingers crossed for three vital points. "Certainly in the last two home games they have been fantastic".

I do believe we will actually get back to winning ways with this one.

Allardyce admitted Brighton's visit is "massively important" to Everton's attempts to stay clear of relegation danger but insisted the pressure and the criticism had not changed his desire to manage the club long term.

'It will be a hugely hard game for us (and) massively important.

I really really hope we win but where is the evidence that it will happen? Neither side has kept a clean sheet yet this year so I wouldn't put anyone off taking the odds-against for Both Teams to Score and getting on for 6/4 about Over 2 ½ Goals is tempting too but I'm going to keep it simple and just back Everton to win.

Allardyce added that it is up to him to win matches between now and the end of the season to convince Everton's owners that he is the right man for the job.

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