Everton are pushing to complete the appointment of Sam Allardyce before their Wednesday night clash against West Ham at Goodison Park, according to a report.
The Times claims that negotiations are in process between the Toffees and Allardyce, 63, but they are said to be moving along slowly but surely as the ex-England boss is currently in Dubai.
It is understood that the length of Allardyce’s deal, as well as his backroom staff, are set to feature in talks which are likely to accelerate once he returns to England on Wednesday.
Everton sacked Ronald Koeman over five weeks ago and have suffered a turgid run of results since with caretaker boss David Unsworth overseeing just one win in seven games.
The report states that the 4-1 mauling at the hands of Southampton on Sunday has sparked the Goodison hierarchy into action by re-opening talks with Allardyce, which were widely reported to have broken down earlier this month.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems that it is now just a better of when and not if Allardyce will be hired by Everton – and it’s about time too. Koeman should not have been sacked unless the Goodison board knew where they wanted to take their manager search. It seems that they were completely with odds at one another and that is what has led to this search that has taken over a month. Allardyce is an obvious pick for the situation the Toffees are in but most importantly he’s the safe pick. Everton are a club with little to gain and a lot to lose. The idea of relegation is unthinkable so drastic times call for drastic measures.