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Sam Allardyce looking upwards after taking over as Everton boss

Sam Allardyce looking upwards after taking over as Everton boss

According to a report from respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio this afternoon, Premier League strugglers Everton are close to agreeing a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, but will likely have to wait until after the 6th of December for him to arrive at the club.

In the immediate aftermath of Everton announcing their decision to part ways with Koeman, a number of big name managers were named as the leading candidates to replace the former Southampton boss on Merseyside.

Having had nearly two full days less to prepare for this fixture following Sunday's 4-1 thrashing at Southampton, David Unsworth made five changes for his final game in caretaker charge of Everton.

Is Sam Allardyce the right man for the Everton job?

Defeat against the Hammers would have seen Everton drop into the relegation zone but instead Allardyce takes over with the side having climbed to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.

Allardyce signed an 18-month contract and takes over a side that has had a awful start to the season and is five points off the relegation zone after 14 games. "It's what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league".

Sam Allardyce
GETTYSam Allardyce is set for Everton- despite insisting he didn't want to return to management

"I've always thought Everton was a great club", he told the club's official website.

Everton are now 17th in the table and have won just one of seven games in all competitions under Unsworth, who is the club's under-23s manager.

The Toffees spent more than £130m on new players in the summer but have struggled without last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July.

Everton's new boss will bring experience of managing a record six Premier League clubs - Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland and Palace - during which he developed a reputation of building direct, defensively solid and hard-to-beat teams.

West Ham would live to rue that missed penalty in emphatic fashion just a few moments later as Rooney completed his first Everton hat-trick in stunning style. He will oversee the team's Saturday fixture against Huddersfield.

Current interim manager David Unsworth will resume his role as Everton's under-23 coach.

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