Allardyce confirmed as new Everton manager

Everton star Sam Allardyce has replaced Ronald Koeman

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.

"I've always thought Everton was a great club", he told the club's official website.

The Toffees announced that Allardyce will finalise terms at the club's USM Finch Farm training ground on Wednesday.

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

Allardyce is returning to management six months after resigning from his post at Crystal Palace, having said at the time that he had "no ambitions to take another job". His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.

Talking about the managerial situation at the club, Unsworth said: "As we sit here right now, I believe the board are talking to a few people".

Marco Silva appeared to be the No. 1 choice of Moshiri, but Watford refused to let its manager go.

Sky Sports also revealed that Everton also engaged in talks with highly rated Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca.

Allardyce was interviewed three weeks ago, but initially ruled himself out of the running.

Writing in his column for Paddy Power recently the soon to be Everton manager wrote about the sides troubles saying, "Everton are obviously in a bad place at the moment and, like every football club that is struggling, it's mainly down to a loss of belief".

Everton now sit one place above the Premier League relegation zone after 13 games, having lost four of their last seven league games. Allardyce is known to prioritize clean sheets above anything, and work from there.

They have conceded more than twice as many goals as they have scored having failed to replace leading scorer Romelu Lukaku following his summer departure for Manchester United.

With Unsworth overseeing his final match at home to West Ham tonight, Allardyce's first game in charge will be against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park this Saturday.

Rooney had been dropped to the bench for recent games under interim manager David Unsworth.

Allardyce's remarkable entrance at Goodison came after a day of high farce. But, after taking four points from their first two games, Everton managed the same tally from their next seven fixtures and Koeman was sacked.

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