Sam Allardyce, the present Everton manager, recently said while talking to the press that he has received a formal apology from Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman, after the Merseyside club had ran a survey among the club's fans, to rate his and his coaching staff's performance.
Many of you who regularly follow Everton-news would know that the team had circulated an annual questionnaire, with the idea of shaping up the clubs future strategy, and engaging the supporters. The survey was sent via email to the club's season ticket holders, as well as the members. It was essentially about giving the club's fans a chance to rate Allardyce's performance on a 1 to 10 parameter.
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The club's fans were asked to give their rating on how much they agreed with the following statement: "I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team."
It's no news that many Everton fans are unhappy with the Allardyce's performance ever since he took charge of the team in November 2017. He has a very distinct style of football, and the results achieved from it are not up to their satisfaction. Many fans gave him a score of just 1/10 for this statement.
Speaking to the press at a news conference recently, Allardyce stated, “I'm only answering this question once. In fact, I'm not taking the question. The survey, alright. The director of marketing and communications has clearly slipped up. Our department has not been asked what we think of this survey that was going out, even though I believe the survey has been recently passed out before. From my point of view, it was a big mistake. I think it has allowed you [the media] to write some beautiful headlines on that situation.”
Even Rafael Benitez came in support of the manager.
The actual question
He further clarified that the actual question in the survey was: what do the fans think of the manager, the staff and the players? He mentioned that the team's managing director of marketing doesn't have a very good understanding of football, and how it works, because he's essentially a market research, branding and marketing person.
Allardyce spoke further about the official, saying that he must have thought it was an okay thing to do, but as it is evident now, Allardyce's team, players and staff, don't think so. He told the press that even the chairman of the team, whom he had spoken to recently, had tendered an unconditional apology.
Allardyce emphasized that people must move on from the mistake and that if he were asked, he'd give himself 11 out of 10 in the survey!