'He could leave': Paul Merson makes bold prediction regarding Everton's Sam Allardyce

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

The Everton manager was given an 18-month contract in November.

Ex footballer Paul Merson enjoying  day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson made a controversial prediction regarding the future of Toffees boss Sam Allardyce, when writing a column for Sky Sports, suggesting that the 63-year-old might not be kept on as manager at the end of this season.

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Bolton boss has steadied the ship at Everton, since his appointment as manager at the end of November, guiding his side to ninth spot in the table.

There were people who questioned the Merseysiders when they appointed Allardyce, however, what with his notoriously bland style of football.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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With the threat of relegation hanging over their heads, though, there were not many better options out there, and the former England national team boss was brought in on an 18 month contract.

Merson, though, explained why he envisages Allardyce potentially leaving his post in the summer, when writing a column for Sky Sports:

Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

"I would say they need a centre-forward, but I'm not sure Everton will spend a fortune. I'm not certain whether the board will let Sam go out and sign a flurry of players when he's only on an 18-month contract. I'm not certain he'll even be there at the end of this season, I think there's a possibility he could be paid off at the end of the season and then they bring someone else in."

Much will surely depend on how high Everton actually finish up the table. If Big Sam guides them to a Europa League finish, it would be hard for the Toffees board to part ways with him.

Another major contributing factor could be the style of football that he deploys, and whether he can keep the Blues fans fully onside.

Whilst the smart money would be on the 63-year-old still being in charge at Goodison Park this time next year, it is an interesting theory raised by Merson nevertheless.

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