Allardyce to finalize terms with Everton

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Caretaker manager David Unsworth will remain in charge for Wednesday's league game against West Ham United at Goodison Park.
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Former England boss Sam Allardyce was to arrive at Everton later in the day to finalize terms on becoming its new manager, the English Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Allardyce, 63, stepped in to rescue struggling Crystal Palace from relegation midway through last season but resigned before the start of the current campaign.

He will replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Everton.

"Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalize terms on becoming the new manager of Everton Football Club," the club said in a statement on its website (www.evertonfc.com).

Caretaker manager David Unsworth will remain in charge for Wednesday's league game against West Ham United at Goodison Park.

Everton sacked Koeman last month after a poor start to the season and placed its Under-23 coach Unsworth in temporary charge, but results have not improved and the club is currently one place above the relegation zone.

The Merseysiders are in 17th place with 12 points from 13 games after three wins, three draws and seven defeats.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported Allardyce had signed an 18-month deal and quoted owner Farhad Moshiri as saying: "We need a strong leader, he gives us that."

Allardyce ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, saying he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

But after Everton's pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal from Vicarage Road, the club returned to Allardyce.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old's career.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had no ambitions to take another managerial job but the chance to turn around the fortunes of the Merseyside club has apparently lured him back.

Everton invested heavily following last season's impressive seventh-place finish.

Allardyce has previously led Palace and Sunderland to safety from precarious situations.

His achievements at the Stadium of Light earned him his dream job with England but that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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Then Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce arrives for the English Premier League match against Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London in this April 10, 2017, photo. Everton has appointed Sam Allardyce as its new manager, replacing Ronald Koeman who was fired last month.


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