Sam Allardyce appointment ‘only a short-term fix’ for Everton, says former defender Sylvain Distin
Sam Allardyce with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri at Goodison Park on Wednesday
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Sylvain Distin has told talkSPORT he is disappointed by Sam Allardyce’s appointment as new Everton manager.
Allardyce has signed an 18-month deal to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was sacked over a month ago.
The ex-England boss will be tasked with keeping the Toffees in the Premier League after a dreadful start to the season, although he was watching in the stands as Wayne Rooney and Co. made light work of his former club West Ham in a 4-0 home win on Wednesday.
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However, former defender Distin believes Everton are still searching for the right man to take them forward into the future, and says Allardyce is only a short-term fix to keep the club in the Premier League until then.
Asked if ‘Big Sam’ is the right fit to turn things around at Goodison Park, Distin told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “In the short-term, yes.
“But, I think the truth is they could not find what they wanted and they’d rather make sure the club stays in the Premier League, so they went for Sam.
“I don’t think he’s a long-term choice and I think now with Everton, they’re in a position with the finances they have where they have to think long-term.
“It’s a good appointment, because he’ll definitely do his work and we know exactly what he’s going to do, it’ll be no surprise.
“But there’s a bit of disappointment at the same time because I was hoping for something more long-term.”