Everton 0 – Liverpool 0
The good news for Everton. In two Merseyside derbies in the 2017-18 Premier League season, Liverpool failed to beat the Toffees.
A 1-1 draw at Anfield was followed by a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Yet this weekend’s Liverpool derby wasn’t a fun affair for Everton. Playing against a significantly changed Reds XI, Everton were dire for large parts of the game.
And when Everton finally broke into life in the final stages, they missed two amazing chances to win. Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed the opportunities to beat the Reds.
Will Everton sack Sam Allardyce?
That idea is floated in the Sunday Times.
Everton’s performance in the derby appears to have upped the pressure on Big Sam. The broadsheet reports:
A 0-0 draw against a weakened Liverpool side in yesterday’s Merseyside derby increased scrutiny on Allardyce’s position at Goodison Park. Everton are likely to postpone a decision on whether to retain him until the end of the season.
Allardyce was appointed last November, with a contract believed to be worth £6m a season running until 2019.
Few Everton fans will be upset if Allardyce leaves in the summer, even if it does cost their club money to get rid of him.
For the record, the Sunday Times offers no indication who could replace Allardyce at Everton in that eventuality.
Big Sam to West Brom?
Yet while Everton could be left in limbo, Allardyce may have his next job lined-up.
The former England manager is tipped with joining West Brom in the summer.
Will Allardyce want to manage to Baggies in the Championship? The Times seem to think so as readers are told “West Brom may provide his next haven.”
West Brom, in their first match since Alan Pardew was sacked, drew 1-1 at home to Swansea on Saturday in the Premier League.