Sam Allardyce has claimed he knew he was set for the Everton sack around two months before he departed the club.
Following a slow start after a summer of big spending under Ronald Koeman, and limited improvement under caretaker boss David Unsworth, the 63-year-old was instated to rescue the Toffees' free-falling campaign.
Everton had more shots on target yesterday (5) despite playing with 10 men for 50 minutes, than they managed in 21 of Sam Allardyce’s 26 games in charge at Goodison Park.— HLTCO (@HLTCO) August 12, 2018
He wonders what more they could have wanted? There’s his answer.
However, despite doing so and ending the term in eighth place - just five points off the final European place - the former England manager endured a difficult time at Goodison Park, with fans leading a backlash against the veteran's style of play, among other things.
And while speaking to Goals on Sunday, Allardyce opened up about the affair, even claiming that he knew the end was nigh around two months before he faced the axe.
"I went to Everton, not to do a 'save me' job, but to go and build a big club like that to greater things," he said.
"With good finances behind it, which has been what Everton have been short of for a number of years, [it] would've been the right way, but it was not to be.
"In the end, I knew I was leaving about two months before I left."
Despite the visible unrest within the Goodison faithful at the time, some still believed Allardyce would remain Everton manager for the 2018/19 campaign.
However, the experienced head - who began managing 27 years ago - admitted his time spent in the game allowed him to pick up on what was on the horizon.
"I'm too old and too wise not to know what is going on behind the scenes," Allardyce added.
"If they thought they were keeping it quiet, they don't know how many people I know and what was going on behind the scenes, but I kept professional."