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

By Guy Giles

David Unsworth and Joe Royle are facing the exit door if Everton appoint Sam Allardyce as their next manager, according to a report.

The Mirror claim that Allardyce wants to hire a completely new set of backroom staff if he becomes Toffees boss, which will leave no room for fan favourites Unsworth and Royle at the club.

Former England manager Allardyce is reportedly keen on bringing in sacked Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare as his number two, with director of football Steve Walsh to be offered a return to the bench.

A complete overhaul of the rest of the backroom staff will see Unsworth and Royle dismissed from their roles.

The two men are revered amongst the Everton faithful, with both spending long periods of their playing careers at Goodison before returning in management roles.

Unsworth is currently serving as the club’s caretaker manager, with Royle assisting him, but he has overseen a period of poor form that has taken the Toffees out of both the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

However, a rousing 3-2 win over Watford did see Unsworth’s chances of retaining the job increase, with chairman Bill Kenwright reportedly keen to give him the job permanently.

However, owner Moshiri is apparently set on a more glamorous name, while director of football Walsh wants to bring in Allardyce.

In other Everton news, this first team striker claims he is in the dark about his future at the club.

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