Allardyce postpones players' Christmas party

Wednesday 13 December 2017  22 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton's annual Christmas party has been called off by Sam Allardyce so that the players can focus on turning their season around.

β€œI told the players I will pay them back when they come out of Christmas and into January in a better position," the manager is quoted as saying by The Guardian. "They can go and socialise at the right time. As a manager it was very important that the players, in today's environment with social media, were not seen to be out enjoying themselves too much.

β€œThey have turned things around already for me but [the festive schedule] is our biggest demand. It is probably not overall because a lot has been demanded already with their season starting in July with Europe, and the injuries. A lot has been demanded of the players and Christmas will be the same.

β€œThe party is off until there is a period of time when we are in a very good position and I can tell the lads they can have the relaxing time that they deserve. But whatever they do I don't want a phone call telling me they've been in trouble or they will be in even more trouble with me.”  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:03:08
Still making all the right noises for me.
John G Davies
2 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:11:07
Me too, Brian.

Wouldn't look good photos appearing on social media of the lads bladdered.

Even more so with the fixture congestion over the Christmas.

Eugene Kearney
3 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:20:14
This is the best way to "insist" that our (now expensive) squad knuckles down to getting us up that table a bit to where we should have been by now.

A win tonight won't even get us up one position.

Mr Allardyce is obviously laying down the law – good stuff.

First step – a win tonight !! COYB.

John Keating
4 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:21:02

Never mind social media. Just the thought of them out having a good time after all the shite they've served up to the supporters and Club so far would in itself be a disgrace.

Mind you I suppose the young lads and Unsworth deserve a night out. The so called senior players need an early night and have a good think about things.

Good decision from Allardyce.

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:25:39
As I said on the other thread, we have a week off from 13 January. Expect Allardyce to take the players away for warm weather training in Dubai.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:29:11
Sunderland go to Dubai

Did the same with Palace then cancelled it after a poor run of results. Allardyce loves Dubai. He'll take the players there for sure.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:36:17
If we get a draw at Anfield in the Cup, Steve, when would the replay take place?

Hope we can do it in one game because some of their heads have already gone! But if the players have to miss Dubai, so we beat them at Goodison, then that will do for me!

The phoney bastards haven't had to say they hate us for years but the absolute venom coming out of the scrunched up faces has given me some laughs today!

Mike Hughes
8 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:41:04
Excellent again from Sam! He is setting standards and laying down the law. No place for shirkers.

Know your role and do it well. Rewards have to be earned. Clear, quality leadership.

Eddie Dunn
9 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:41:34
Yes, funny, my wife's lot usually mention the game in passing when on the phone or Facebook, but the silence is deafening!
Alan McGuffog
10 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:49:06
Can't shake off this image of a multi national bunch of millionaires all sitting around a Formica table, eating meat-paste butties, hula-hoops and jelly. Playing party games. And losing. Bless!
John G Davies
11 Posted 13/12/2017 at 17:55:59
They call us bitter, Tony.

Haha we are not bitter we just fuckin' hate them and all they stand for.

They are the bitter ones when it goes against them. And not just against us. They also hate every team who wins "their title".

Ray Roche
12 Posted 13/12/2017 at 18:07:56
Alan, if they played "Pin The Tail On The Donkey", they'd be spoilt for choice!
Rob Halligan
13 Posted 13/12/2017 at 18:13:36
John, I always fight back by saying they are bitter towards Man Utd. United are a bigger club than them which the RS don't like hearing. I remember in the 70s and early 80s all the media seemed to focus on United this and United that, even though they had hardly won anything.

Another good argument to throw in the RS faces was that United fans were the first fans to sing that shit song. They go berserk when I mention that. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

John G Davies
14 Posted 13/12/2017 at 18:23:10

"My enemy's enemy is my friend."

Les Martin
15 Posted 13/12/2017 at 20:03:49
This is no big social deal for the players. They are paid to play football not party, and the camaraderie will come from getting results on the pitch, not chatting over a mince pie, plus... their win bonuses may well improve too, so hopefully Christmas will be a good one for all concerned.

Very impressed with the way Sam is going about things.

Peter Gorman
16 Posted 13/12/2017 at 21:03:49
Erm...I quite like that he has done this. Should get them to serve at a soup kitchen while he is at it.
Robin Cannon
17 Posted 13/12/2017 at 21:36:43
I always think this is one of those slightly pointless gestures.

Are all the players really crying out for a Christmas party? Or unable to organize one themselves?

A "Scrooge McDiscipline" PR gesture.

Eugene Kearney
18 Posted 13/12/2017 at 22:32:58
WE WON !!!!! ;-)
Jeff Hough
19 Posted 13/12/2017 at 22:33:48
Sorry, John and Rob, they're no fucking friends of mine. We've kissed their arse for years and allowed ourselves to be screwed by them time and again.
Jack Convery
20 Posted 13/12/2017 at 23:03:10
Good! I have to pay for mine.
Clive Mitchell
21 Posted 14/12/2017 at 00:48:34
Peter (#16) – Schneiderlin'd drop the soup.
Terry Underwood
22 Posted 20/12/2017 at 12:58:35
"I don't want a phone call telling me they've been in trouble or they'll be in even bigger trouble from me"
No fuckin' doubt who the boss is there then.

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