Sam Allardyce is hopeful of steering Sunderland to safety
Sam Allardyce, one of the favourites for the Everton job

By Laura O’Leary

After distancing himself from the Everton role, Sam Allardyce revealed that it could be David Unsworth’s job if he beats Palace on Saturday.

Allardyce was a guest on TalkSPORT’s Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast (Wednesday, 9:31) and revealed that he could see the caretaker manager getting the role permanently if results continue.

He said: “If it was going to be me, it was getting in as soon as I can to have the international break to get settled in.

“Unfortunately that didn’t happen for me but David [Unsworth] has got to know the players even better now and he got a great result against Watford coming back from two nil down and showing a great spirit.”

The 63-year-old continued revealing what might clinch the role for Unsworth saying, “Get a result at Crystal Palace and y’know who knows?

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“It could be him, he could change the owners mind.”

The caretaker manager has overseen four games in charge of the Toffees since Ronald Koeman’s sacking on October 23.

Unsworth lost his first three games in charge, suffering defeats to Chelsea, Leicester City and Lyon before getting his win against Watford in the league.

The 3-2 win against Watford was extra dramatic due to the Toffees needing Leighton Baines to convert a penalty in stoppage time to secure all three points.

The result still saw Everton stuck in the bottom half of the table in 15th after a disappointing start to the campaign.

The Toffees have 11 points from 11 games, and have the joint second worse goal difference in the league with -12.

Unsworth’s next game in charge sees him lead Everton to Selhurst Park to face bottom of the table Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace have only won one game this season, which was a shock victory over Chelsea on November 14.

Everton achieved all three points on last season visit to Selhurst Park due to a 87th minute Seamus Coleman goal.

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