Tony Cottee believes there is only one way that Everton can beat West Ham tonight – and that’s by announcing Sam Allardyce as manager ahead of kick-off.
During Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT,the Hammers legend was confident his former side would prevail but was wary of a reaction from the Toffees if they finally confirm a new manager.
“I think it’s quite simple, if Everton can announce the appointment of Big Sam and Big Sam is around the club tonight in some form or other then I think we will see a reaction from the Everton players,” the 52-year-old said.
The retired striker continued explaining his prediction revealing that if Everton perform like they did on Sunday against Southampton, then he could only “see West Ham winning.”
The Toffees lost 4-1 to Southampton under David Unsworth’s guidance, and the caretaker manager pointed the finger at his senior players.
During the 44-year-old’s brief reign, since Ronald Koeman’s sacking on October 23, the temporary boss has only achieved won win, which has left Everton 17th in the Premier League.
The Hammers go into this game on a positive note, having achieved a 1-1 draw with Leicester City, which was David Moyes’ first point since being appointed manager.
Ahead of the two meeting, West Ham sit just behind the Toffees in 18th and know that a win would see them exit the relegation zone and leapfrog Everton.