Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists director of football Marcel Brands must take some responsibility for the club’s demise amid growing pressure on Marco Silva.
Current Toffees manager Silva has overseen a dreadful start to the season, with just seven points from their opening eight games landing them in the relegation zone.
Everton have spent big over the previous two seasons, almost £200million to be precise, but the fans haven’t witnessed any notable improvement from Allardyce’s tenure during the 2017/18 campaign.
Allardyce knows all about the pressure and expectation at Goodison Park, having left fans frustrated with his philosophy, and he admits he would’ve loved to have the resources available now.
But the former England manager also suggests the club have spent the money poorly – and that might not be Silva’s fault.
Brands was appointed as the club’s director of football in May 2018, tasked with overseeing Everton’s recruitment policy.
“You’ve got to look at the new director of football,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “Is Marco Silva struggling because he hasn’t recruited all these players and it’s the new director of football?
“It’s a difficult position as a manager. He [Brands] has been brought in with a big reputation as director of football.
“But, at the end of the day, you spend all this money and if you don’t spend it the right way, it makes the manager’s job harder.
“I wonder how many of these players Marco Silva actually sanctioned and said he wanted.”
Nonetheless, Allardyce can offer no further defence of Silva, who is surely running out of time on Merseyside.
“His record doesn’t sit that well and if you get the job, you’ve got to get in and do the job,” Allardyce added.
“You’ve got a great opportunity at such a big club at Everton, like I had, and I would’ve loved to have stayed and had all this money that’s been spent on the team.
“The team that he’s got now compared to the team I had, there are only about three or four players playing.”
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