Roberto Martinez has admitted he was surprised to see Everton appoint Sam Allardyce as manager.
The former Crystal Palace and England boss was in the stands to watch over the Toffees’ 4-0 mauling of West Ham on Wednesday night and will take charge of his first game against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Everton spent over a month searching for a successor to Ronald Koeman after the Dutchman was sacked in October.
Allardyce was widely reported to have ended talks with the Toffees in early November due to their pursuit of Watford’s Marco Silva.
However after conceding nine goals in two games to Atalanta and Southampton last week, the Merseyside club was sparked into appointing a permanent manager, with Allardyce being their choice.
Former Everton boss Martinez has given a very honest admission about Allardcye’s arrival at Goodison, suggesting that he was surprised that the club had brought in the so-called ‘survival expert’.
“Well, I think in football, you cannot write it, you cannot predict it,” Martinez said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I think Sam Allardyce brings enormous experience into a club like Everton.
“They started a little bit in the wrong end of the ambition that they had this season.
“[But] I will always follow Everton and will always wish them the best from a distance, so I wish Sam Allardyce a very good start to his Everton career.”
Allardyce takes charge of the Toffees with them placed 13th in the Premier League table.
The 4-0 win over West Ham in midweek saw them jump up the standings, as well as improve their poor goal difference.
Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield are level on points with the Evertonians but are one place below them in the table.