Steve Round: This manager will feel he could break Everton into PL top four
By Danny Wright
Former Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes that Sam Allardyce will have the long-term vision to take the Merseyside club into the top four of the Premier League.
Allardyce, 63, is widely reported to be the frontrunner to replace Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat with Sky Sports recently claiming that the ex-England boss has held talks with Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri.
It was understood that Everton were ready to hand Allardyce a deal that only lasts until the end of the season, seemingly as a short-term situation to fix the poor situation that they are in.
However the report claims that the former West Ham and Crystal Palace boss wants a long-term deal should he move to Goodison Park, and Round, who worked with Allardyce at Newcastle, believes that Everton should give him that due to his future goals.
“It’s Everton and Everton is such a good club. It’s so steeped in history and tradition of success. Brilliant place to work, great fan-base, it’s got a really good soul about the club and I think he would feel it would be an ideal fit,” Round said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
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“I think Everton is a club that he would feel he could take to the top six, maybe even the top four, with the backing and the moving into new stadium, it’d be a very, very exciting project for him and I think it would have taken something like that to bring him out of retirement, so to speak.”
Round spent a year as first-team coach at Newcastle while Allardyce was in charge before he became the long-term No 2 of David Moyes during his spell at Goodison Park.
He then left Merseyside with Moyes, who was announced as West Ham manager on Tuesday, to join Manchester United in 2013.
Everton have been on the lookout for a new boss for over two weeks now with David Unsworth taking caretaker charge.
In other Everton news, the Toffees board are scheduled for a meeting on Wednesday after a fractured search process.