Sam Al­lardyce set for Ever­ton post as ne­go­ti­a­tions edge closer

The Guardian Australia - - Sport - Ed Aarons

Sam Al­lardyce is set to be named Ever­ton’s new man­ager af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions over him suc­ceed­ing Ron­ald Koe­man at Good­i­son Park con­tin­ued on Tues­day night, with the former Liver­pool player and coach Sammy Lee ex­pected to be­come part of his coach­ing staff.

The former Eng­land man­ager, who has been out of work since leav­ing Crys­tal Palace in the sum­mer, is due back from hol­i­day on Wednesday and is ex­pected to meet Ever­ton’s ma­jor share­holder, Farhad Moshiri, to fi­nalise his con­tract, be­lieved to be worth around £6m a year. Ini­tial talks with Al­lardyce’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives broke down ear­lier this month but it is un­der­stood that Ever­ton re­turned to the 63-year-old af­ter it be­came clear Wat­ford were not in­ter­ested in al­low­ing Marco Silva to leave Vicarage Road.

The former Le­ices­ter man­ager Craig Shake­speare is also likely to be named as part of Al­lardyce’s coach­ing staff, with Lee set to re­sume his part­ner­ship with the man­ager he has pre­vi­ously worked with at Bolton, Eng­land and Palace. They are ex­pected to be in place in time for Satur­day’s Premier League match against Hud­der­s­field, with David Unsworth tak­ing charge of his fi­nal match as care­taker against West Ham on Wednesday night.

Al­lardyce had pre­vi­ously pulled out of dis­cus­sions to take over from Koe­man, who was sacked fol­low­ing the 5-2 home de­feat by Arsenal last month, cit­ing the club’s in­de­ci­sion as his rea­son.

“It never ma­te­ri­alised as I thought it would, un­for­tu­nately,” he said. “There was such a long time with­out a de­ci­sion, so I had to make a de­ci­sion my­self. I de­cided it was prob­a­bly bet­ter it wasn’t me and I’d move on to some­thing else. It would have been a fab­u­lous job but it just didn’t feel right. I think when you’re in my po­si­tion, you want peo­ple to be de­ci­sive and feel like they want you. I didn’t get that feel­ing over­all. They were hes­i­tat­ing that I was the man.”

Sam Al­lardyce has been out of work since leav­ing Crys­tal Palace in the sum­mer. Pho­to­graph: Bryn Len­non/Getty

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