Keown blown away by Everton manager candidate, makes suggestion about long-term success
By Danny Wright
Martin Keown believes that Sam Allardyce is the perfect man to go into Everton and help them out of their current situation.
The Toffees have been on the hunt for over two weeks to replace Ronald Koeman after the Dutchman was sacked for overseeing a dire start to the campaign despite spending big in the summer.
The Sun has recently reported that Allardyce, 63, will sign a season-long deal with Everton worth £100,000-a-week to help guide them away from the bottom end of the standings.
Either way, Keown still reckons that Allardyce is the right man for the Evertonians to appoint but has suggested that he has doubts about whether he would be successful on a long-term scale.
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“I can see the wisdom of appointing Sam Allardyce,” said Keown, as quoted on the Daily Mail website. “He offers an experience and know-how to get Everton out of this situation.
“Everton’s last-gasp victory over Watford has bought the board some breathing space.
“This is the first time that Everton have replaced a manager mid-season since David Moyes was appointed in 2002, so they need time to make the right decision.
“Allardyce has a pragmatic approach to management which will be vital in keeping them in the Premier League, but will it be the right fit for Everton in the long-term?”
Everton have lost three of their last four games since Koeman was sacked, with caretaker boss David Unsworth only earning his first win in charge on Sunday against Watford.
After Allardyce’s revelation that he has not held talks with the Merseysiders, Unsworth has emerged as favourite to be named the next permanent Goodison Park boss.
Marco Silva and Sean Dyche are also in the running with the bookmakers.
In other Everton news, Steve Round believes that this manager would want to take the Blues to the Champions League.