Allardyce confirmed as new Everton manager

Kristopher Nichols
December 2, 2017

The 63-year-old is expected to attend Everton's match at home to fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham tonight but with only a watching brief.

Everton have announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as their new manager on an 18-month contract.

"Fatigue may be a factor because it's such a short period of recovery time and looking at the load these players have had over the last few months... every month has been like Christmas because of the number of games", Allardyce said.

Under-23 team manager Unsworth had taken temporary charge, but recent heavy defeats ended any lingering hopes that the former Blues' defender would get the role on a full-time basis.

The Goodison club has now confirmed on their official Twitter account that the ex-England boss is on the verge of being appointed as manager but David Unsworth will remain in charge against the Hammers on Wednesday.

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Former Leicester City manager, Craig Shakespeare, is also said to be among the coaching staff coming in with Allardyce.

Everton are now sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

Everton are now 17th in the table and have won just one of seven games in all competitions under Unsworth, who is the club's under-23s manager.

The club's prospects had appeared so different at the beginning of the season with Everton having invested heavily following last season's impressive seventh-place finish. Everton have endured a busy schedule this season, with Saturday's clash their 26th of a campaign that began in the Europa League third qualifying round in July. But, after taking four points from their first two games, Everton managed the same tally from their next seven fixtures and Koeman was sacked.

The Toffees hierarchy will feel they have gone for a safe pair of hands, with Allardyce having taken over both Palace and Sunderland in graver situations and led them to safety. But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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