It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end of Allardyce’s unhappy tenure.
The former England manager has a year left on his contract but it is difficult to see how he can hope to survive. Leading Everton to eighth place is unlikely to satisfy Allardyce’s bosses. Not when they assess this joyless performance.