BREAKING: Everton’s new manager’s name revealed
Everton have announced the appointment of their new manager on a one-and-a-half-year contract.
Sam Allardyce has been officially announced as Everton’s new manager, taking over from interim coach David Unsworth until 2019.
The club revealed on Wednesday that they had come to an agreement with the former England manager, with Thursday’s confirmation marking the beginning of his tenure.
Allardyce has been out of football since the end of last season, when he guided Crystal Palace to Premier League survival.
And he arrives at Everton at a time when they are also in a spot of trouble, even if Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over West Ham lifted them to 13th in the Premier League.
Allardyce had been linked with the job at Goodison Park soon after the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but he ruled himself out of the running earlier this month after suggesting an agreement could not be reached. Watford boss Marco Silva emerged as Everton’s top target in the aftermath of Allardyce’s initial rebuttal, while Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca were also linked.
However, the Hornets played hardball over Silva, while the Dyche rumours failed to come to fruition and Everton struggled with Unsworth at the helm.
After leaving Palace, the 63-year-old Allardyce stated that he would only consider an international job, but the Everton post has proved too good to turn down.
The club have endured a dismal 2017-18 season so far, winning just four of their first 14 matches.
Allardyce comes in as the official successor to Koeman, who was dismissed on October 23 after just two victories in nine Premier League games, despite spending an estimated £142 million in pre-season.
Unsworth took over on a caretaker basis but failed to inspire much of an improvement, as Everton lost five of his eight matches at the helm.