Sam Allardyce has admitted that if he is to remain Everton manager on a long-term basis then his sides have to play attractive football as well as picking up Premier League points.
Inheriting a side that had conceded at least twice in the last nine matches before his appointment was announced – shipping 27 goals in the process (an average of three per match) – Allardyce subsequently plugged the gaps at the back to produce an approach that was both more effective and solid.
However, after enjoying a honeymoon period of eight games unbeaten (including the 4-0 win against West Ham which concluded David Unsworth’s caretaker tenure while Allardyce watched on), the progress has stuttered in recent weeks.
Attritional stalemates against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been followed by a hat-trick of consecutive defeats to Bournemouth, Manchester United and Liverpool with the Blues leaking two goals in each of these matches.
With a tough trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur next on the horizon, the Everton manager acknowledges that his side not only needs to get back to winning ways but going forward will be expected to turn on the style.
Allardyce, who signed an 18-month contract at Goodison Park, told the ECHO: “My contract doesn’t determine how long I stay, there’s no danger of that.