Sam Allardyce receives apology from Everton chairman after fans' survey embarrassment

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Everton's manager Sam Allardyce believes the idea to send out a survey asking for supporters to mark him and his coaching staff out of 10 was an error.

"I'm only answering this question once - in fact I'm not taking the question", he said to start his press conference.

Betway's Alan Alger, said: "Many think Sam Allardyce's days at Everton are numbered and the club's owner Farhad Moshiri hasn't been afraid to swing the axe in the past". Our department has not been asked what we think of the survey, even though it has been passed out before. "It's allowed you to write some lovely headlines".

"The club has to judge the work of the players and the manager and the staff".

"He must have thought it was the right thing to do but clearly everybody else hasn't and certainly my department and even the chairman I spoke to last night".

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Asked how he would rate himself, Allardyce jokingly told the reporter to "p*** off", before replying "11".

The third question asked whether the participant has "a high level of trust in other Everton fans" and finally whether they have "a high level of trust in the current Everton players e.g. being loyal and performing at their best for the club".

Allardyce insists the survey hasn't dampened his desire to remain as Everton manager beyond the end of the season.

"It hasn't made any difference to me", Allardyce added.

"Until somebody rings me up and says "Sam, you're not wanted anymore" then I'll hold my hands up and say 'fine, if that's how you feel' but I'd be extremely disappointed if that was the case". "If that was to happen I'd be more than extremely disappointed". "We have managed to overcome that side of it and bring a level of training, performance and try to get better consistency - particularly away from home - which we haven't achieved yet".

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