Sam Allardyce is set to stay in Merseyside, while his Everton team take on Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, and Toffees fans are backing their new manager’s decision.
Everton are already out of the Europa League, and Allardyce has decided that staying behind with his key players will be better than sending them on a midweek trip to Cyprus.
Everton have a derby match against Liverpool at the weekend, which is the major focus at the moment, with the Toffees now set to name a very inexperienced line up against Apollon Limassol.
And Everton fans believe Allardyce has made a very smart decision, by sending Craig Shakespeare to take charge of the Toffees on their European trip.
Good nove as far as I'm concerned - spend the time getting first team how he wants them— Rich EFC (@Tuchanpenzance) December 6, 2017
He’s doing the right thing. Rather than missing out on two days prep at least he will have had a full week of training with the team. It’s a dead rubber game, Moyes got destroyed for not focusing on a Derby game if I remember— Chris Windsor (@chriswinds88) December 6, 2017
Agree with that decision. Nothing game, rest everyone.— Sean Cartwright (@SeanCartwright6) December 5, 2017
Fair play to him, gives him a full week to work on the team and shape ahead of Sunday with no disruptions.— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) December 5, 2017
Why should he go when it's a completely pointless exercise. Better he concentrates on the more important stuff— toffeeblue (@pablotayl44) December 5, 2017
Right call re: Allardyce staying at home. Limassol game otherwise takes up too much time/focus. Better to get first-team for Sunday on training ground & work on tactics. #EFC— Patrick Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland) December 5, 2017
Everton won Allardyce’s first match in charge against Huddersfield Town last weekend, with some optimism coming back around Goodison Park.
Everton have now won back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season, to move into the top half of the table.
Beating Liverpool at Anfield will be a huge test, and Allardyce seems to want the whole week on the training ground to work on a strategy to give his side a chance.
If Everton could beat Liverpool, they may move up as high as ninth in the Premier League standings - which would represent fine progress.