BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has boldly claimed that Everton and Sam Allardyce “need each other” ahead of the former Crystal Palace boss’ return to management.
Allardyce, 63, is at Goodison Park for Wednesday night’s clash against West Ham ahead of finalising his arrival to take charge of the Merseyside club.
Everton confirmed on their official Twitter account earlier in the day that Allardyce is on the verge of being the successor to Ronald Koeman, over five weeks after the Dutchman was sacked.
Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton Football Club.
David Unsworth will remain in charge of the Blues for tonight’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Goodison Park. pic.twitter.com/5CkrZrQEgv
— Everton (@Everton) November 29, 2017
Speaking on BT Sport 1 ahead of the Wednesday night showdown with David Moyes’ Hammers, Hargreaves claimed that Everton are in desperate need of the ex-England boss, suggesting his defensive coaching as something that is needed more than anything.
“They need each other,” said the former Manchester United and England midfielder.
“They’ve conceded nine goals in their last two games and defensively they’ve been a disaster.
“Big Sam keeps you safe and everyone knows that.”
Everton go into the game on the brink of the relegation zone and it is widely known that Allardyce is the man who can rescue a club that is trying to avoid the drop.
Relegation to the Championship is no doubt an unthinkable prospect for the Toffees, who had big ambitions in the summer when they spent well over £100million on improving the squad.
However one win in seven games under the caretaker charge of David Unsworth has left the club in disarray and the two heavy defeats to Atalanta and Southampton last week appear to have kicked the board into action.
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