Sam Allardyce rubbishes Everton exit talk amid speculation
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 02/03/18 11:10am
Sam Allardyce has dismissed speculation he could leave Everton at the end of the season.
The former England manager made a quick start to life at Goodison Park, winning four of his opening five games, but he has come under pressure in recent weeks after losing six of his last nine matches.
Allardyce rebuffed claims he could leave Merseyside at the end of the season and said the squad's spirits are high ahead of Saturday's game against Burnley, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
"I am here as long as I win football matches, and if you don't win football matches it doesn't matter how long your contract is," he said.
"At the moment we are in a very good position. I am slightly surprised about the situation [speculation] but you can look at the two differences between us: good at home and not good enough away from home."
Everton have struggled on the road in the Premier League this season, winning only one of their 14 games, but Allardyce has refused to take responsibility for their poor away record - saying it is down to his predecessors.
"The away form is a long-standing problem at the club. It didn't arrive at my tender - it's been under Ronald [Koeman] and Roberto [Martinez]," added Allardyce.
"It's not something we want, it's something I have to remedy, but it's a long-standing problem. 2017 was only two games won. 2016/17, in two years, it's been seven games.
"It's been there a while and my job is to sort the away results out. We were close at Watford."
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