Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has claimed that Sam Allardyce "was hard done by" at Everton.
The 63-year-old, who managed the Magpies 20 years ago but left in unpopular circumstances, was sacked by the Merseyside outfit following a six-month spell in which he guided the club to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Nolan played under Allardyce at West Ham, Newcastle and Bolton, with the former England manager appointing him as captain on each occasion, and thinks he should have been given more time at Goodison Park.
“From my point of view, he was hard done by,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “It’s going to be a massive appointment for Everton now because the fans have made their feelings known. It will be interesting to see who gets the job and where they are in a year’s time.
“I am gutted for the gaffer, but I am sure he will be getting a few phone calls. He gets unfairly branded about his style. People don’t see what he does. He was just starting to mould a team that looked quite exciting for next season. He finished eighth and apparently that’s a poor season for Everton.
“Had he been given a full season he could have been the one who upset the applecart (top four). I think they’ve made a mistake but I am not their owner. I just see what Sam is about and I wish him all the best in whatever he does next.”