By Guy Giles
The Everton board are to hold crisis talks with caretaker manager David Unsworth after negotiations to bring Sam Allardyce to Goodison Park stalled, according to a report.
The Sun claim that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the rest of the board have been dealt a blow after Allardyce rejected a season-long contract demanding a permanent deal instead.
The former England manager is said to be unhappy about the slow progress of talks between the two parties and has instructed his representatives to end any discussions.
Now the board plan to sit down with Unsworth and give the former Toffees defender the chance to outline his plans for the club if he were to be given the job on a permanent basis.
The board’s failure to secure a manager with experience now means that Unsworth’s appointment is a real possibility.
It was earlier reported that the board are split on whether Allardyce is the right man to lead Everton forward, and Watford manager Marco Silva is said to have rejected any approaches out of loyalty to the club he joined in the summer.
A surprise move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is said to have been a ploy to panic the more realistic candidates for the job, but neither of them seem to be moved.
And it seems that this has now led the club back to caretaker Unsworth, who despite a mostly torrid time at the helm did manage to secure a breathtaking 3-2 comeback win over Watford last time out.
In other Everton news, young defender Mason Holgate has made this honest admission.