Everton boss Sam Allardyce admits players' 'confidence has been drained' and tells Premier League strugglers to sign Romelu Lukaku replacement
- Everton confirm the appointment of Sam Allardyce as their new manager
- Prior to official announcement,?Allardyce penned a Paddy Power column
- He claimed the 'confidence has been drained from the players' at Everton
- Allardyce also warned the club to forget about breaking into the top six?
- The ex-England boss arrived at Finch Farm on Wednesday to finalise terms
Sam Allardyce has claimed the 'confidence has been drained from the players' at Everton?— and has urged the club to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.?
The 63-year-old was confirmed as Everton's new manager?on Wednesday with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hailing him as a 'strong leader' and pledging 'he can go as far as he wants.'
Following the appointment, the former Crystal Palace boss headed to Finch Farm to finalise the terms of his ￡6million-a-year deal, before making his way to Goodison Park for Wednesday night's match against another former club in West Ham.?
Sam Allardyce was pictured pitchside at Goodison Park ahead of the West Ham match
The new Everton boss was at the stadium to watch his new side from the stands on Wednesday
It appeared the work has already started for Allardyce as he spoke on his mobile phone
Ahead of the official announcement, Allardyce penned a?Paddy Power column where he gave his views on the club's surprising struggles this season.??
The Toffees are 17th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone despite going on a ￡140m summer spending spree in a bid to break into the top six.
Allardyce admits?the club is 'in a bad place at the moment'?— and suggested his first job will be to regain their confidence.?
He wrote: 'Everton are obviously in a bad place at the moment and, like every football club that is struggling, it's mainly down to a loss of belief.
'The players' loss of belief in themselves and their lack of confidence means that the first thing the new manager needs to do is re-instil that confidence and morale in them again.
'When a player plays with confidence, that's when he's playing to the best of his ability.
'At the minute, I can't see that with that set of Everton players. It's completely gone.
'At any football club, that should be your top goal and your main focus before anything else, keeping your team mentally happy.'?
Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (left) was alongside Allardyce at Goodison
Allardyce had earlier arrived at Everton's training ground to finalise terms with the club
Allardyce, pictured in the back of a Mercedes, is Everton's new boss on a ￡6m-a-year contract
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Much of Everton's on-the-pitch woes have been down to the departure of Lukaku to Manchester United, with Everton not bringing in a replacement.
And Allardyce, who?will earn a salary approaching ￡6m a year during the 18-month deal,?admits a lack of goals has played a pivotal role in the club's decline.
He added: 'There's one simple reason why those players have no confidence left — results. Losing Romelu Lukaku, that team has found it more and more difficult to get the ball in the net. Points have been slipping past them without his 20+ goals.
'There's no doubt that they can play just as well as their opposition, but they can't finish teams off. They can't score. And, because of that, the knock-on effect is pressure on the defenders, someone makes a mistake and then they lose games. Games that they should be winning, they've lost or drawn.
'The confidence has been drained from the players because of their bad results, and you can see that.'
The new manager pictured with Steve Walsh, the?director of football, at Finch Farm base?
Sam Allardyce is the new Everton manager on a ￡6million-a-year contract
Wayne Rooney and his Everton team-mates train at Finch Farm on Tuesday evening
Despite highlighting the exit of Lukaku as key to their struggles this season, the former Crystal Palace manager is aware that the problems go further than that.
He has, however, urged the club to sign a replacement, with Wayne Rooney managing just four league goals this season.
'I understand why they didn't replace Lukaku – nowadays that's such a hugely difficult piece of business. There's such a lack of top quality strikers, not just in England but literally across the world today. But still, the club needs someone to get goals and change those results around.
'They brought Wayne Rooney back to the club because he was very special to Everton, and had started there and was a local lad.
'But, like anything in football, it has to be a team game. The entire team has to pull together to get themselves out of the bad position that they're in, that can't all be expected of Wayne.'
Majority shareholder Moshiri called Allardyce a 'strong leader' after Wednesday's appointment
Nikola Vlasic (left) holds off a challenge from Tom Davies as Everton prepare for West Ham
Rooney is pushing for a return to the starting XI when the Hammers visit Goodison Park
Everton's summer spending spree was expected to boost their bid to break into the top six but, instead, they are in the middle of a relegation scrap.?
And Allardyce has warned the ambitious club to forget about the pre-season expectations and take each game as it comes.?
He added: 'There's talk of where Everton should be aiming at the club, Champions League or top six or whatever, but in my opinion what they need to do now is just aim at the next game.
'Focus on getting up the table, win the game that is in front of you, get three points and move up the table.'
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (left) and Beni Baningime battle for the ball during Tuesday's session
Former Liverpool favourite Sammy Lee is part of Allardyce's coaching staff at Goodison Park
David Unsworth will be in charge of Everton's crunch Premier League game against West Ham
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