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Big Sam brought in to steady the ship at struggling Everton

01 December, 2017, 06:40 | Author: John Swanson
  • Sam Allardyce unveils Everton escape plan, including what to do with Wayne Rooney – before taking the job

Former England boss Allardyce ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, claiming he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

Everton are set to hire Sam Allardyce as manager, ending a prolonged search following the October sacking of Ronald Koeman.

The pair worked under the veteran Premier League manager during his most recent spell in management with Crystal Palace which ended in May.

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However, after a few months out of the game and after much speculation, Allardyce clearly had a change of heart as he was finally announced as the new Everton boss on Thursday.

While fans of other clubs might find it amusing, it's anything but for Everton fans.

He will get his first look at his new squad, Everton facing one of his former clubs West Ham.

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When asked about Allardyce, Unsworth said: "Sam is a top manager, but I think it would be wrong of me to talk about individuals.I have seen the names that have been bandied about - all top managers". Obviously, the club has gone through a hard spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again. "So I continue to do what I was asked to do five weeks ago".

Everton spent over £100 million in the summer, but they have underachieved massively and now occupy an extremely disappointing 13th place in the Premier League.

The 63-year-old will manage his first match when Everton host Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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I was heartbroken for them when we lost in the conference finals because they are deserving of continuing their season". The Buccaneers finished the regular season with a 19-11 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the league.

Everton are now two points above the relegation zone going into Wednesday night's match against West Ham.

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