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Allardyce insists no grudge against Everton fans

Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce has no problem with the fans who drove him out of Goodison Park.

Big Sam left Goodison Park last May, with the club having finished eighth.

He told the Mirror: “Look, it's not about Sam Allardyce – it's about the manager that they don't like at the given time.

“They didn't like [predecessor] Ronald Koeman's style and they didn't like Roberto Martinez before him, so they hounded both of them out and then hounded me out, too.

“So I don't think it was necessarily me, that's why I don't take offence personally. The fans are entitled to express an opinion. They pay their money and are entitled to have a say.

“I don't like it, of course. But I don't take offence. I look at the ­previous managers and see what ­happened to them.They were hounded out like me, but I think it was about the club at the time, not specifically me.

“Style is a false perception. I was tagged years ago for my so-called brand of football and everyone believes it's true.

“The reality is, I played football and a system to get the maximum ­capability from the Everton players. I only asked them to do what I knew they were capable of to get results, to get us out of trouble and as high up the league as we could, until we could change it and do better with better players.

“I was proud of my time at Everton. It was an unbelievable job, one of the best I've done. But sadly, because of the way things improved so quickly after I went in, I think I gave fans a bit of false hope."

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