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Everton boss Sam Allardyce sends defiant message to Toffees fans

The former England boss has bigged up his team and suggests they're bigger than their rivals

Sam Allardyce has offered a passionate message to Everton fans, by insisting he knows just how huge the club is.

The Blues boss was lambasted last week for comments he made, which seemed to suggest he thought his the Toffees were on a par with Newcastle and West Ham.

But veteran boss Allardyce explained that he knows Everton have a far bigger history than both clubs, as he clarified exactly what he meant when he spoke about the reaction of fans to defeat.

And he admitted these are tough times at Goodison.

Allardyce has moved to clarify his comments (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Everton have had a mixed season (Image: Getty)

“I said at the time the history of Everton is far greater than that of Newcastle and West Ham. But every club's fans have a lot of passion,” he explained of his previous comments.

“Every fan has great demands and when there are big crowds the demands are bigger. For me Everton is completely different from Newcastle or West Ham but it was just a comparison (about fans being upset when they lose), it wasn't anything other than that.

“The ambition of Everton is different to Newcastle and different to West Ham but if you don't play as well as they (the fans) expect you to do they show their disapproval and that's what you have to deal with as a manager.

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“You have to turn that around and get everyone behind you. Our fans at home have been fantastic and have got behind the team even when they are not playing too well. Certainly in the last two home games they have been fantastic.

“Of course, there are tough times, there are times when you have to draw in and close the doors and stay focussed on what you want to achieve.”

Allardyce revealed that Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines are back to bolster a defence reduced by the suspension of Ashley Williams following his red card at Burnley.

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