Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as the new Everton manager and whilst he will begin his tenure with Saturday’s Premier League match fixture against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, he will be attending tonight’s home match against West Ham.
The former England manager returned from a holiday in Dubai with his wife on Wednesday and met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri to thrash out the finer details of a supposed 18-month contract worth £6million-a-year.
The former Crystal Palace and Sunderland boss has an impressive track record for reviving struggling clubs, good news for Everton who currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone.
David Unsworth has been in charge as an interim basis after Ronald Koeman’s sacking six weeks ago but the side have continued to struggle. It is believed Unsworth will now return to his previous U23 role.
Allardyce is set to name ex Liverpool coach Sammy Lee and former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare as two assistants, while Duncan Ferguson will remain part of the first team set-up.
Allardyce recently spoke of the club’s troubles this season when writing a column for Paddy Power news.
“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,” he wrote.
“The players’ loss of belief in themselves and their lack of confidence means that the first thing the new manager needs to do is re-instil that confidence and morale in them again.
“When a player plays with confidence, that’s when he’s playing to the best of his ability.
“At the minute, I can’t see that with that set of Everton players. It’s completely gone.
“At any football club, that should be your top goal and your main focus before anything else, keeping your team mentally happy.”
Caretaker manager Unsworth will remain in charge for Wednesday night’s key clash.