By Daniel Feliciano

26th Apr, 2022 | 8:39am

Sam Allardyce defends Farhad Moshiri, blames Everton players for relegation problems

Sam Allardyce has defended Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and laid the blame at the players as the ‘ultimate problem’ for their relegation problems.

The Toffees fell into the bottom three for the first time this season after defeat to Liverpool, with just six games to go to save their Premier League status.

While owner Moshiri has come under huge criticism, Allardyce told talkSPORT in an interview on Tuesday [April 26, 7:40] that you ‘can’t really blame’ him and says it’s the players who should take the brunt of criticism.

“I can’t believe it, I don’t think anybody can,” he said.

“I think the years have rolled by since I was there and it seems to have got worse not got better. The constant change of managers and I suppose in the end the players are the ultimate problem for not delivering on the pitch as everyone expected with the money that’s been spent on them.

“I think when you look how many managers have been in charge of such a great club and lasted as long as a season, season-and-a-half, since Ronald Koeman and then myself.

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“From there one every manager has not really been there long enough to establish himself. I think that every manager has had a struggle because he’s not got the right results and there could be many different factors for that.

“Of course deep down inside from Everton’s point of view you can’t really blame Farhad because he signed the money, but I suppose everyone has to take a bit of the blame when you’re there at the time.

“But I think it needs to be the players that have come in and haven’t delivered as much as they should have done.

“When you see where they are at the moment, which is unexpected, particularly this year when Rafa took over, they then find themselves in this position.

“It’s a desperate situation for them and I think if they survive they’ve got to go really deep into trying to get it right from there on.”


It goes without saying that the players need to take the brunt of criticism because they’re the ones on the pitch at the end of the day, but Moshiri certainly deserves blame too.

Yes he has splashed the cash since arriving, but he’s also overseen countless poor signings and awful managerial appointments as well as being swayed by agents trying to get a pay day.

The club is in a desperate place right now, relying on poor results elsewhere to get them out of trouble after a horrible season and time is now running out.

Allardyce knows what it takes to save a team from relegation having done so several times in the past, but despite being let go by Everton many moons ago he was never the right man to be in charge and he sounds a bit bitter.

The club now need to stop pointing the finger and just focus on staying in the Premier League. Then they can re-evaluate the situation in the summer ahead of next season.

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