Everton Fans Shouldn't Get Too Excited About Sam Allardyce Just Yet

Sam Allardyce says he is "enthused and energized" after being appointed as Everton's new manager—but fans should be wary of getting too excited just yet.

Allardyce will sit in the home dugout at Goodison Park for the first time on Saturday, with David Wagner's Huddersfield the visitor, having watched Wednesday's 4-0 win over West Ham from the stands.

The victory was only Everton's second in 13 games, with David Unsworth taking charge in the interim after Ronald Koeman was sacked at the end of October.

"The ambition of the club, allied to all the fantastic history, has proved to be key for me," Allardyce said.

"Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.

"I feel really enthused and energized to come in as manager."

Allardyce has, increasingly, been put into a basket of managers in the Premier League that have the tools to prevent a team from relegation; he did so at Crystal Palace and Sunderland, his last two clubs. But his impact has gradually decreased.

In his first five games at his last five clubs, the points the team has accrued has decreased.

Crystal Palace—One point

Sunderland—Six points

West Ham (Championship)—10 points

Blackburn Rovers—Nine points

Newcastle United—Nine points

Sam Allardyce and Farhad Moshiri
Sam Allardyce, left, and Farhad Moshiri at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, November 29. Moshiri appointed Allardyce as Everton's new manager. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty

Allardyce took over as manager at Selhurst Park with Palace 17th in the Premier League table. It took a couple of months before his impact was clearly shown on the team, when Palace won six of eight games between the end of February and end of April that, ultimately, saved the team from relegation.

In 2015, at the Stadium of Light, Allardyce saw his team lose all five matches in December and begin the new year second from bottom of the Premier League table. It was the final few months at the season that saw Allardyce's Sunderland grind out the points it needed, losing just twice in the final 12 games of the campaign.

This time round, the possibility of Everton being relegated is unlikely. Allardyce takes on a team that spent around £150 million in the summer on new players, but he suggested more would need to be spent in January to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Manchester United.

His first month in the job will see Everton face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, host Antonio Conte's champion Chelsea and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.