Everton have completed a one and a half year deal to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager today, over a month after sacking Ronald Koeman according to the Independent.
Caretaker manager David Unsworth managed his last game Wednesday night for the Blues, with Big Sam likely to take the hot seat in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield.
The former Newcastle, Sunderland, West Ham, and England boss makes his return to the top tier of English football after leaving his role at Crystal Palace in the summer, after saving them from certain relegation.
Everton said in a short statement: “Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton Football Club. David Unsworth will remain in charge of the Blues for tonight’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Goodison Park.”
Everton are currently hovering over the relegation zone in, winning just twice in eight games since Unsworth took over the reins from Ronald Koeman. However they thrashed fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham Wednesday night 4-0, where Allardyce watched on from the stands, which included a Wayne Rooney hatrick and wonder goal.
Everton will be the 10th English team to request Allardyce’s services, and will be hoping he can make an instant impact to save their Premier League season.
However the former England manager declared he had “no ambitions” to return to football after securing Premier League status for another year at Selhurst Park last season. But Everton’s disastrous start to the season gave the Premier League survival specialist an interesting project to consider.
Everton fans will be encouraged by the fact that an Allardyce team has never been relegated from the top flight of English football. The Englishman has a Premier League win percentage of 33.8% and with the talent at his disposal at Goodison Park will be looking to improve this record.
However former through and through Everton man Leon Osman isn’t completely convinced by the appointment, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “Does the Allardyce appointment excite me? No. Is it possibly what we need right now? Probably, yes.”
Desperation and inevitability finally set in for Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, who’s initial two choices for the managerial role; Diego Simeone and current Watford manager Marco Silva fell through disastrously, and although Allardyce doesn’t bring the glitz and glamour style of play Moshiri and Everton fans crave, in their current state of affairs he is exactly what they need.