Toffees had planned a get-together between Monday’s game against Swansea at Goodison Park and the visit of Chelsea on Saturday
SAM ALLARDYCE has channelled his inner Grinch and cancelled Everton’s Christmas party.
The Toffees were planning on hosting their festive get-together between Monday’s home clash against Swansea and the visit of Chelsea five days later.
But Allardyce has told his players their league position does not merit a celebration and scrapped their bash.
Big Sam, 63, said: “I’ve stopped the Christmas party because it is not needed at the moment because of the position we were in when I arrived here.
“I told the players I will pay them back when they come out of Christmas into January. We will socialise but we can socialise at the right time.
“It is very important that the players – in today’s environment with social media – are not seen to be out enjoying themselves too much.
“A lot has been asked of them, playing in Europe and with injuries.
“So the party is off until there is a period of time when we are in a very good position.
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“Then I can say to the lads, ‘Have a relaxing time, which you deserve’.
“But I don’t want a call telling me they have been in trouble because they will be in more trouble with me.”
Everton – who lie 10th in the table – face a run of games against West Brom, Bournemouth and Manchester United in seven days over the Christmas period.