Journeyman Allardyce takes road to Everton
THE expected appointment of former England boss Sam Allardyce as Everton's new manager has been confirmed.
The English Premier League club has signed the journeyman mentor to an 18-month contract.
Allardyce, whose has been in charge at clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, kicks off his latest gig when the Merseysiders host Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park for a league match tonight.
"I've always thought Everton was a great club,” Allardyce said in a club statement.
"Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”
The 63-year-old Englishman succeeds Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked more than a month ago.
Allardyce would have been buoyed on Wednesday when he and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri watched the club produce their best performance of the season, with a Wayne Rooney hat-trick featuring in the 4-0 victory at home to West Ham.
Ending Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth's eight-game spell in charge, the result put the club five points above the bottom three in the relegation zone.
Allardyce, who had ruled himself out of contention earlier this month when Everton was pursuing Watford boss Marco Silva, said he was "enthused and energised” to join such a "special and unique” club.
"Ultimately, it's the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it's Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me,” he said.
It is Allardyce's 10th management gig at an English club.