According to the Daily Express, Everton are set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new boss. The 63-year-old held talks with the Merseyside club on Tuesday in an attempt to conclude a deal.
Media reports suggest that a deal is close and Allardyce may even be confirmed as the Everton boss prior to the Toffees game against West Ham this evening.
It would be a big turnaround if as expected Allardyce is confirmed as the new man in the Goodison Park dugout. Three weeks ago, Allardyce held talks with the Everton hierarchy about the vacancy.
However, the former England boss decided to drop out of the race because he felt that the Merseyside club were dragging their feet over the deal.
A major concern for Allardyce was reportedly that he wanted a long-term deal, while the Everton owners only offered him to sign a short-term deal.
However, the Toffees have since failed in a bid to land reported first-choice Watford’s highly-rated boss Marco Silva and suffered more humiliating defeats.
With the Toffees just a few points and places above the relegation zone, it seems they are ready to hand the former Crystal Palace boss a long-term deal on Merseyside.
Allardyce is reportedly set to bring with him former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare and former Liverpool coach Sammy Lee. The latter’s appointment is not likely to sit well with the Toffees fans.
Interim boss Everton boss David Unsworth will likely take charge of the team for the last time tonight, as the Toffees host West Ham and former boss David Moyes at Goodison Park.
Both teams are desperately in need of points to move away from the relegation zone. The Irons are currently 18th in the table. They also have a terrible recent record against the Toffees, having won just once in their last 15 meetings in open play against the Merseysiders.