West Brom have held initial talks over taking Everton manager Sam Allardyce from Goodison Park while the Toffees board consider extending the former England boss’ contract by a year, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Baggies has identified Allardyce as a potential candidate to take over after Alan Pardew’s exit earlier in the campaign, as they face the near-certainty of relegation come the end of the season.
It is said that despite Darren Moore’s impressive stint as caretaker manager, the former Newcastle and West Ham boss, who is on a reported £6million-per-year (£115,000-a-week) contract until 2019, is on West Brom’s shortlist if he does leave Merseyside.
However, although the fans have been vocal in their displeasure during Allardyce’s reign, the report states that the board have been impressed with the way he has turned their fortunes around, and are even considering new terms with a one year extension to his current deal.
Football Insider verdict
Just as the report gets the hopes of Everton fans up it brings them back to earth with much more than a bump. The Toffees faithful cannot possibly want another year of Allardyce, let alone two, and so to hear that the board are considering handing him an extension will have them up in arms. They must hope, by hook or by crook, West Brom can offer an appealing deal to take him down to the midlands and get him out of Goodison Park. Unfortunately for Everton supporters, that seems massively unlikely this summer – so they may well be stuck with him for a bit longer.
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