Paul Merson has made it clear that Everton must appoint Sam Allardyce as their next manager if they want to avoid their first ever relegation from the Premier League.
The Toffees have been in complete disarray this season and moved to sack Ronald Koeman over five weeks ago.
However things have not improved on Merseyside with caretaker manager David Unsworth overseeing just one win in seven games, leading the Blues to sit in 16th in the table, just two points shy of the drop zone.
On Monday, Sky Sports reported that Everton had restarted negotiations with Allardyce, 63, and have finally started to make progress after previously failing to reach an agreement over the length of deal he would have.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that this is the best possible move that the Merseysiders can make in the current plight they find themselves in.
“I’ve got to give it to Sam. I think they’re in trouble and they’ve got to give it to Sam Allardyce,” he said, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
He added: “You’ve only got to do what Palace did at the start of the season and you’re in major trouble. The games come thick and fast.
“I think any other team down there at the bottom at the moment will be sitting there thinking: ‘I hope they don’t get Sam Allardyce’. I think then you just scrub them out of a relegation battle.”
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season and Sky has reported that £2million will be due to the Eagles should Everton hire him before the end of this campaign.
The 63-year-old is a proven operator in the Premier League having had spells at a clutch of different clubs including West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle as well as his infamous one-game stint as England international boss.
In other Everton news, this 59-year-old who was wanted by Farhad Moshiri has agreed a two-year deal.