London - Sam Allardyce arrived to watch Everton's home game with West Ham
United on Wednesday after the Premier League strugglers announced he was
finalising terms to become their new manager.
The former England
manager was shown arriving outside Goodison Park on Sky Sports, while
social media videos showed him walking down the touchline inside the
Allardyce's imminent appointment will end Everton's long hunt for a successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month.
Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm (Everton's training ground) this
afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton
Football Club," Everton said in a statement released earlier in the day.
Daily Mail reported Allardyce had signed an 18-month deal and quoted
owner Farhad Moshiri as saying: "We need a strong leader. He gives us
Allardyce, 63, ruled himself out of the running earlier
this month, saying he did not feel Everton were convinced he was the
But after the Merseyside club's pursuit of Watford head
coach Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal, Everton returned to
This will be the 10th English club managerial position
taken up by Allardyce, who established his reputation at Bolton
Wanderers and most recently guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.
he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had no ambitions to
take another managerial job, but the chance to turn around Everton's
fortunes appears to have lured him back.
Everton were 17th in the table ahead of Wednesday's game, two points above the relegation zone.
Ironically, Wednesday's opponents West Ham recently appointed former Everton boss David Moyes as their new manager.
Unsworth has been in temporary charge at Everton since Koeman was
sacked on October 23 and the under-23s boss had made clear his desire to
take on the job permanently.
But during his seven-game tenure, Everton have lost five matches and won just one, conceding 20 goals.
Unsworth was due to take charge of the game against third-bottom West Ham.
invested heavily following last season's impressive seventh-place
finish, but results have fallen well below pre-season expectations.
Allardyce has previously led Palace and Sunderland to safety from precarious situations.
achievements at the Stadium of Light earned him his dream job with
England, but that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce
stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.
on Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion appointed former Palace and
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew as the successor to the sacked Tony