Everton boss Sam Allardyce determined to stay for 'long term' despite struggles

Everton boss Sam Allardyce determined to stay for 'long term' despite struggles
From ESPN - March 8, 2018

LIVERPOOL -- Sam Allardyce wants his Everton tenure to last beyond this season, despite a downturn in his team's form and supporter unrest.

Everton have lost three out of their last four fixtures and last weekend's defeat at Burnley had supporters inside Turf Moor loudly calling for Allardyce's dismissal.

Speaking at a news conference to preview Everton's game with Brighton & Hove Albion, Allardyce, who signed an 18-month contract at Goodison Park in November, said: "There's times when you have to draw in, close the doors and stay focused on what you want to try and achieve.

"That's very disappointing for everybody, myself included, that we have slipped where we have slipped to and we put ourselves into a fantastic position in the early stages of me walking through the door.

"I said I came here out of retirement because there was a long-term plan at Everton and a long-term aspect going forward that I was excited about being part of and understanding the history of Everton Football Club.

"I know all about the club demands and what you have got to try and achieve. That was an exciting prospect going forward -- rather than short-terming. I wanted a long-term appointment."

Allardyce says he is having discussions with the Everton's majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, about the future, but knows that performances and results must turn around soon.

"I am having talks with him, but obviously those talks are confidential," Allardyce said. "We are in a difficult period at the moment, yes, but we have got to try and turn that around.

"It's my responsibility to get the team to play to the level they know they can play. It's the players' responsibility on the field of play to play their best.


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