Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as the new Everton boss, on an 18-month deal till June 2019.
Allardyce, who was at Goodison Park to watch Everton’s 4-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday, succeeds Ronald Koeman who was sacked five weeks ago. The 63-year-old returns to management six months after leaving Crystal Palace for a not-so lasting retirement.
He was first approached three weeks ago by the Toffees, but pulled out of negotiations having not been the club’s first choice, but Everton’s failure to lure Marco Silva from Watford, sees the former England manager take over from caretaker David Unsworth, who will remain part of the staff at the club.
Allardyce has also managed Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland in the Premier League since he got Bolton promoted to the big time in 2001.
His first game is at home to Huddersfield at the weekend.