Evertonians have been left perplexed and annoyed after their club sent out a fan survey asking for their opinions on Sam Allardyce and his coaching team.
The Toffees emailed its list of season ticket holders and club members to ask them about a number of topics concerning the current campaign, with supporters asked to rate a series of statements from zero to 10.
Plenty of media outlets - the Times included - have reported that one such query relates to Allardyce, who many Everton fans have voiced their displeasure about since the 63-year-old's appointment.
And the statement has left many feeling frustrated over how the club is being run when plenty have made it clear that they don't wish to see ex-England manager Allardyce remain in the Goodison Park dugout at the end of this term.
The query in question stated: “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff of Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team” - after which fans are asked to rate what they think on a sliding scale from 'completely agree' or 'completely disagree'.
Some Evertonians have taken offence to being asked about whether they support Allardyce or not in a roundabout way, and have taken to social media to question why their club felt the need to send the forms out:
Don’t understand why Everton are running a fans’ survey about their manager. If the club can’t already see his ineptitude without the supporters’ feedback it’s rather worrying, don’t you think?— Ric George (@Ric__George) April 17, 2018
I've done that fan survey good effort from the club to make me feel a wee bit of sympathy for Allardyce. Absolute arseholes trick regardless of my opinions on him as a manager— David (@NothingbutBoffo) April 17, 2018
Everton already know the answers they will get from the survey, it's a face saving PR move at most to justify any changes they want to make down the line. Fortunately for then, few will disagree with it.— Sean Lunt (@Sean_Lunt) April 17, 2018
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Allardyce has faced constant speculation about his future on Merseyside due to a lack of positive results and defensive football that have begun to enrage Everton's fanbase in recent weeks.
The Blues lie ninth in the Premier League table - well clear of the growing relegation battle that Allardyce was asked to drag them away from in late November after Ronald Koeman's sacking a month before.
Despite completing that task, however, Evertonians don't believe he is the right man to take them forward and want majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri to replace him with a younger, hungrier, attack-minded manager in the close season.