Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell has backed the club’s decision to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.

Sky Sports report that the Toffees have agreed a deal with the former England boss, with an official announcement expected later today.

Campbell says that Allardyce is the right man for the job, given his extraordinary record of keeping teams in the top flight.

“I think it’s what the club actually needs. Good leadership skills and someone who can really get this squad in shape,” said Campbell, as quoted on Sky Sports’ live blog (29/11, 15:22).

“What we have been witnessing has been really tough for everyone concerned. I think stability is very important right now.

“Obviously there were big aspirations at the start of the season that Everton were going to start flying but it hasn’t quite materialised.

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“There is nothing wrong with going back to the drawing board – Sam Allardyce being that man to get the club stable then, moving forward, I think it’s a good move.”

Everton have been searching for a new manager since Ronald Koeman was sacked last month with the club in the Premier League’s bottom-three.

Allardyce emerged as an early candidate for the role, but withdrew from talks as Everton delayed making an offer.

The Toffees then made the highly-rated Watford boss Marco Silva their prime target, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to lure him away from Vicarage Road.

The club finally look set to end weeks of managerial uncertainty this afternoon with confirmation of the appointment of Allardyce, who was last in charge of Crystal Palace.

David Unsworth, who has lost five of his seven games as caretaker boss, will remain in temporary charge for tonight’s crucial Premier League clash with West Ham United

Everton will go into the game at Goodison Park in 17th place in the league table, just two points above the Hammers, knowing a defeat would see them drop into the relegation zone once more.

In other Everton news, Simon Jordan has given his view on the club’s decision to appoint Allardyce.

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