Everton have sent a survey to a group of supporters asking them to rate Sam Allardyce’s performance, since taking over from Ronald Koeman, on a scale of 1 to 10. The club have said that the survey is part of an exercise to discover how connected they feel to the Toffees.
However, the practice has been criticised by many including former Everton player Alan Stubbs. Stubbs said: “I don't think it is good in the sense that there is only going to be one answer and it is not going to be positive.” Despite Allardyce gaining 27 points during his time at Everton and guiding the team to 9th in the Premier League, there has been a growing concern amongst some supporters over what is perceived as a negative playing style.
Everton send out several fan surveys throughout the season, including gathering thoughts on the new stadium and how fans would like to see it built, how the club are portrayed in the media and the overall direction of the club.
However, using surveys to gauge the success and likeability of a manager could be seen as a step too far. Ronald Koeman suffered a similar fate when he was in charge of Everton.