Allardyce believes Everton have had the change needed for top-four finish

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The current Toffees manager thinks the ownership group’s commitment to a new stadium could result in the Champions League in the future

Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes the club has already had the major changes needed to compete for European places, including even the Champions League.

The former England manager came in midseason to right the ship after Ronald Koeman’s early season struggles had the Toffees in and around the relegation zone, despite a massive outlay in spending last summer in order to build on a solid 2016-17 campaign.

Though Allardyce has managed to get them back into the top half, Everton are currently 11 points off sixth place Arsenal and 20 points back of fifth place Chelsea, leading to questions over his future with the club.

However, regardless of whether he returns as the team’s manager, Allardyce believes that the changes in ownership under Farhad Moshiri and his decision to build a new stadium for the club has put Everton on an upward trajectory toward European football.

“It’s had major changes,” Allardyce said. ”It’s got major changes in the ownership, and in terms of where it’s going.

“It is making major changes because it’s going to build a brand new stadium and in building that brand new stadium it builds expectation.”

However Allardyce cautioned that while the stadium is a major part of the process toward achieving the dreams of the fans, a quality team that gets results as well is also needed.

“Expectation builds the one thing you must have when you get to a new stadium when it’s built, which is a winning team.”

However, if Everton can pair the two together, then Allardyce is confident that not only can the Toffees achieve European football in the future, but even eventually make their way into the Champions League.

“A new stadium at Everton is the right thing to do and the right way forward to try to achieve everybody’s desire, particularly the fans.

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“With it you give the fans a better chance that this club can then compete in Europe and maybe one day even compete and get in the top four, and into the Champions’ League.

“I think if Everton go to a new stadium competing in the top six or seven or even greater, then it will give more of a chance of getting towards where the fans want to go.”

The Toffees close out their Premier League campaign Sunday with a trip to face Allardyce’s old club, West Ham United, managed by former Everton boss David Moyes.

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