Everton name Allardyce as manager

David Unsworth has struggled in caretaker charge of Everton

"Ultimately, it's the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the Board, allied to the fact that it's Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me".

Allardyce signed an 18-month contract and takes over a side that has had a awful start to the season and is five points off the relegation zone after 14 games. However, the club started poorly in both the Premier League and the Europa League.

"The attraction of the club itself, the people I've known at the club - Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland - these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager", Allardyce said.

The appointment of a manager with a track record of rejuvenating struggling teams is likely to be greeted with a mixed reception at Goodison Park.

Allardyce was due to attend the club's USM Finch Farm training complex this afternoon in order to complete the formalities of a deal that is reported to be worth £9m over 18 months.

Ronald Koeman left Everton in trouble
Ronald Koeman was sacked over a month ago

Then there's the identity of Allardyce's probable right-hand man, Sammy Lee, who played for cross-city rival Liverpool for 10 years.

After his ill-fated spell in charge of England ended in 2016 - which lasted just one game - Big Sam joined Crystal Palace and successfully kept the Eagles up last season before stepping down back in May. Unsworth is to take the team for tonight's match. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.

It is also understood that Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca was also interviewed for the role, while Republic of Ireland's Martin O'Neill was also being considered, but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri was expected to make a firm decision on Tuesday. Allardyce had been linked with the job in early November, however, the initial discussions between the two sides ended.

"I'm enjoying my life more than you could believe", Allardyce told the Daily Star.




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