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Jamie Carragher: Sam Allardyce isn't the right fit for Everton, like Roy Hodgson at Liverpool
Last Updated: 06/03/18 8:20am
Jamie Carragher says Sam Allardyce is not the right fit for Everton - just like Roy Hodgson was the wrong man for Liverpool.
Allardyce has endured a rocky period since taking over from Ronald Koeman with some supporters calling for him to be sacked after a sixth successive away defeat at Burnley on Saturday.
The former England manager may have guided Everton away from the relegation zone but Carragher remains doubtful whether he's the right man for the club in the long term.
"It reminds me of Roy Hodgson at Liverpool - it's just not the right fit," he told Monday Night Football.
"I think there were two jobs for Sam Allardyce: keep Everton up - they were five points above relegation when he came in - and to show he's more than just a firefighter. Can he be Everton's manager next season and show he's more than just keeping clubs up? At the moment, he's not showing that.
"The supporters didn't want him as they saw Allardyce as the manager at Sunderland or Crystal Palace - teams fighting down the bottom. Everton see themselves differently, challenging for European places.
The finger of blame has to be pointed at the players in that dressing room because the run has come under four different managers.
Jamie Carragher on Everton
"The reason they're not happy with him is some of the things Allardyce says after games, comparing Everton to Newcastle and West Ham hasn't gone down well. When you are 0-0 away at Watford and you bring Morgan Schneiderlin on, Everton fans at least want to see their team try and win the game. That's been the criticism."
The Toffees lost 2-1 at Burnley on Saturday, meaning December's win away at Newcastle is their only Premier League win on the road in the last 12 months.
An inability to pick up points on the road is a long-standing problem at the club. Since David Moyes left in 2013, Everton have won just 23 of their 89 games away from Goodison Park.
Carragher thinks that record is a damning statistic and shows the lack of character in the Everton dressing room.
"The finger of blame has to be pointed at the players in that dressing room because the run has come under four different managers," he added.
"The quality in the dressing room in nowhere near good enough but when you see a record like that, it's obvious the players are physically and mentally weak. That's the only way to describe a record like that."