Sam Allardyce has seemingly given up on Everton’s season, describing this term as a “write off”, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Everton recently fell to 10th in the table after a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium, the same team who beat Ronald Koeman’s Everton side 5-2 earlier in the season, in which happened to be the final straw for the Dutch manager.

Due to the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala, the former England manager switched to a back three for the trip to the Emirates but they found themselves 4-0 down at half-time.

The bright spark from Everton was Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has seen opportunities rise this season in the absence of a recognised first-team striker. However, he may not receive the same trust next season, with a new striker in the summer likely to be a priority, and a new manager possible.

The Toffees’ decent form when Allardyce took over at the club has been truly forgotten after a run of five losses in their last seven games.

Allardyce said:

We’ve got to write this season off as quick as we can by staying in the Premier League and then sorting out for the start of next season.

Everton’s next five fixtures are against teams positioned around them in the table, and despite the manager’s recent comments, he will be determined to try win maximum points to set himself up for a fight to finish in the top half of the table.