- Sam Allardyce has made the strange decision to stay home instead of travelling with this side for their Europa League dead-rubber
- Instead, the Englishman will stay with the first-team and get ready for Sunday’s Merseyside Derby
- Everton haven’t won at Anfield this Millennium
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Everton’s new manager Sam Allardyce isn’t travelling to Cyprus on Thursday for his side’s Europa League tie with Apollon Limasoll.
This is according to respected Merseyside correspondent Paul Joyce.
Instead, Allardyce will stay at the training ground and prepare his team for Anfield’s Merseyside Derby on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce to remain behind on Merseyside rather than go to Cyprus with Everton. Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson will take young squad.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) December 5, 2017
For a manager to flatly stay at home is incredible.
Everton are already out of the competition, but our neighbours have sold out their ticket allocation and some fans will no doubt feel slightly aggrieved by Allardyce’s decision.
It also puts a lot of pressure on him for the weekend. He’s going to play very defensively and look to pump balls into our box, but we’ve dealt with bus parkers well at Anfield all campaign.
The Bitters last beat us at Anfield in 1999. We hope that record extends itself by another 20 years at least.