Sam Allardyce has cancelled Everton's Christmas party after telling his players their current form is not deserving of celebration.

The Toffees had originally intended to hold their Christmas get-together next week between Monday's game against Swansea at Goodison Park and the visit of Chelsea five days later.

Allardyce, however, has cancelled the annual party while he continues to address the club's form ahead of a run of games against West Brom, Bournemouth and Manchester United in seven days over Christmas.

"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," he said.