Ex-Leicester boss Shakespeare could join Allardyce at Everton

Goodison Park

Everton are moving closer to appointing Sam Allardyce as their new manager as talks continue to progress positively, BBC reports.

Unsworth has overseen five defeats in seven games since becoming Ronald Koeman's temporary successor on 23 October, with the latest, Sunday's 4-1 defeat at Southampton, increasing Everton's desperation to make a permanent appointment.

For his part, Allardyce has let it be known that he "needs convincing" that Goodison is the right place for him to return to work after keeping Crystal Palace in the top tier last season and that he would want to be hired beyond the end of this campaign.

Despite touting retirement or another chance at global football management, Allardyce could be easily lured back to the Premier League with the exciting prospect of turning around the fortunes at Everton.

He has lifted Everton to 16th, collecting four points from his four league matches.

The search for a replacement boss then descended into farce as Allardyce initially pulled out of talks because he wanted a deal beyond the end of this season, which major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright did not want to offer.

Everton spent more than £140m in the summer but failed to replace top scorer Romelu Lukaku after his move to Manchester United.

"When confidence is low, it takes a bit of time to build that back up". But you would expect him to get Everton safe.

Everton chiefs are now reported to have conceded defeat in their attempts to bring in the Portuguese manager.

He is the kind of manager Wayne Rooney will respond to.

The fans might not be massively excited - and I don't mean that disrespectfully to Sam. Allardyce reportedly caught wind that, despite the Toffees' overtures, the club's hierarchy were really interested in Watford boss Marco Silva.

With Sam, the players will get a very clear impression of the way forward. "It's as simple as that".

Watford did not appreciate the timing nor manner of Everton's efforts to take Silva, a manager they believe capable of qualifying their talent-rich squad for European football.

If Sam gets the job he will load that team with experienced players - with his big hitters.

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