Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has backed Roberto Martinez to ‘bounce back and come stronger than ever’ after he was sacked by Everton on Thursday.
Big Sam’s Black Cats secured Premier League survival with a 3-0 victory over the Toffees, which was the final straw in the Spaniard’s reign on Merseyside.
The Blues will finish no higher than 11th in the Premier League this season after a disappointing campaign. The 42-year-old had lost the backing of the Goodison Park faithful – just two years after guiding them to a highest-ever points total.
“Managers understand the stresses and strains and I would have hoped Everton would remain a bit more patient,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“His third season might not have been as good as he wanted but maybe he’d have taken it on next year and sorted it out.
“But of course we know there’s not a lot of patience today in football so I am sure he will bounce back and come stronger than ever, somewhere probably in the Premier League.”
A number of big names have been touted to replace Martinez in the Goodison hotseat – former Everton striker Andy Gray tipped Mark Hughes for the post on talkSPORT on Friday.
Former Ajax manager Frank De Boer is the bookies’ favourite, while current Premier League bosses Ronald Koeman and Eddie Howe have also been tipped.
Allardyce continued: “I think Everton have got a chance – if they have got a bigger pot and fund before – they have got a fantastic team.
“I think someone with Premier League experience would be suited to Everton, as David [Moyes] and Roberto [Martinez] have done recently.
“Moyesey built a great side, Roberto seemed to take it on and just slipped up this year so if they follow the same route with a manager with Premier League experience that might move them forward and take them to the next level.“