It was the simple things Wayne Rooney emphasized on when speaking about Everton’s resurgence. But it goes without saying that Sam Allardyce has played a crucial role in the club’s development.
Allardyce had even gone so far as to cancel Everton's Christmas party, after telling his players their current form is not deserving of celebration, Skysports reports.
The manager 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.
"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."
The Toffees sealed a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park on Monday night to beat Swansea City in the Premier League.
As they moved up to ninth in the table, Rooney praised Big Sam for turning things around, saying:
"We showed great character to come back - four weeks ago we would have lost that game.
"We're moving in the right direction and hopefully over Christmas we can pick up some more points.
"I think the manager has got us back to basics.
"There were small things we were doing wrong in the first part of the season. If we went behind, we had a feeling we couldn't get back into it.
"[We are] staying solid, staying in the game, then trying to express ourselves. That's what we've worked on at the training ground."