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Alan Stubbs: 'Next Everton manager must prioritise attacking football'

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs is adamant that Sam Allardyce's successor must bring "high-tempo, aggressive football" back to Goodison Park.

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs has claimed that Sam Allardyce's successor must bring "high-tempo, aggressive football" back to Goodison Park.

Allardyce took the Toffees from 13th to eighth in the Premier League table after succeeding Ronald Koeman in November, but was sacked on Wednesday.

Everton fans never warmed to the 63-year-old's conservative style of football, and Stubbs believes that the Merseysiders' new manager must prioritise a more exciting style of play.

"I do feel sorry for Sam because he did what he was asked to do in terms of keeping them up, but there has been real discontent among Everton fans about how the team were getting results," Stubbs told Sky Sports News.

"When a new manager comes to a certain club, they have to know what kind of football the fans are looking for. Everton fans want high-tempo, aggressive football. They want the manager to have a connection with them, and for Goodison Park to be an intimidating place for other teams to come.

"Most importantly, I think the fans want to turn up at Goodison with an excitement about what they're watching, and I don't think that's been there for two or three years now. The style of play was very lethargic in the second half of Roberto Martinez's reign, and then Ronald Koeman didn't have a connection with the club at all.

"Everton fans are not soft and they are not stupid. They can see that the club have spent an awful lot of money, and yet the team seems to have regressed rather than progressed. So the next appointment is critical."

Everton have also made an alteration off the pitch, with PSV Eindhoven's Marcel Brands having replaced/a> Steve Walsh as director of football.

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