Sam Allardyce should be given more time to improve the standard of football at Everton, according to former Liverpool man Danny Murphy.
Allardyce, 63, was appointed Toffees boss in November to steer them away from the bottom of the Premier League.
The Goodison Park club are now eighth in the table – however, the manager has come in for some criticism for the style of football Everton play.
In a somewhat bizarre move by the club, Everton fans were given the opportunity to rate the former England manager’s time at the club out of ten.
This has led to suggestions that Allardyce’s time at the club could be over once the season has finished.
Allardyce managed West Ham from 2011-2015 and received widespread criticism from fans for the team’s perceived lack of creativity on the ball.
In one game in the 2013/14 season, the Hammers were booed off the pitch by their supporters, despite beating Hull 2-1 at Upton Park.
But Murphy jumped to the defence of Allardyce, claiming that the standard of football would improve if Everton were to stick with their current boss.
“It’s always a building process with Sam,” Murphy told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“What Sam has proven in the past is that he gets the initial job done, and then he improves the type of football and level of performance as time goes by.
“I would suggest that the sensible thing for Everton to do, unless there is an absolutely perfect candidate out there they think can come in, is to see how the summer transfer window goes with Sam making some of the choices himself.
“Then, give him the season to see if the football can improve and he can do what he did at other clubs.”