Sky Sports details major development in Everton manager search, four names on shortlist
By Danny Wright
Sam Allardyce does not want to join Everton on a deal that only lasts until the end of a season, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that Toffees director of football Steve Walsh is backing Allardyce, 63, to replace Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat, but the ex-England international boss would only be interested in a long-term project
It is understood that reports of Allardyce being offered a £100,00-a-week wage packet to last until the end of the season are wide of the mark.
While Walsh is said to want the experienced ex-West Ham boss, it is reported that it would cost the Toffees £2million in compensation to be paid to Crystal Palace – his most recent job that he left at the end of last term.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri will reportedly meet up with the rest of the board before this weekend to go through the four potential candidates on his shortlist.
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Diego Simeone is understood to be Moshiri’s No 1 target, with the Toffees chief also fond of Watford boss Marco Silva.
Caretaker manager David Unsworth is also believed to be under consideration to be handed the job on a permanent basis.
Football Insider Verdict
While the international break is something that most football fans could do without, it has come as a blessing to Everton to give them more time in their search for a new manager. Moshiri and the hierarchy are absolutely right to take advantage of this two week break but ideally they want someone in by next Monday, to at least get a weeks’ worth of training in with the squad. They are barking up the wrong tree with Simeone and it seems Silva is more than happy at Watford. Allardyce also doesn’t seem keen on a season-long deal which leaves Unsworth as the only target without any hitches at the moment.