Sam Allardyce has been announced as the new Everton manager.
The former West Ham and Crystal Palace boss, watched the Toffees defeat West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday from the stands.
Discussions between Everton and Allardyce’s representatives took place since Monday and now the club’s six-week search for a replacement for the sacked Ronald Koeman has come to an end.
The former England manager has signed an 18-month contract.
“I’m delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager,” owner Farhad Moshiri said in a statement.
“His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.
“Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.”
Allardyce, 63, has been out of work since resigning as Crystal Palace manager at the end of last season.
“The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club — Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland — these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” Allardyce said in a statement.
“I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. 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.”
Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Everton third FA table
Arsenal are looking for a win at Everton to strengthen their top four credentials
But the Gunners are far from home and dry as they must play no fewer than five of their last games away from home and currently have a wretched record on the road.
Phil Jagielka’s early goal, it put one in mind of the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.
Everton proceeded to a third successive victory and
The Gunners end the weekend in fourth place, but they’ve won just once away from home in the league since November and this lifeless performance will have to worry manager Unai Emery.
Everton 0 vs 2 Man City: City move ahead Liverpool
Manchester City defeated Everton with Joan Laporte and Gabriel Jesus on target, seeing them leapfrog Liverpool at the Premier League summit.
And it also means that the Reds now face a fight to win this league title.
Liverpool have not been firing on all cylinders of late.
Newcastle beating Manchester City last week gave them the perfect chance to extend their lead. Had the Reds beaten Leicester, they would have gone seven points clear.
But football is a funny old game.
And, just a week after Jurgen Klopp’s side dropped points, City are now back on top.
The win over Everton was not vintage City. Certainly not the swashbuckling side that you expect from Pep Guardiola’s side.
But make no mistake about it. This was the mark of champions.
At this stage of the season, you don’t have to win pretty. Goals galore are not the order of the day.
Instead, merely picking up the points is the priority. And City, in the last seven days, have responded emphatically.
Before the Leicester game, Liverpool fans felt the ball was in their court.
But after a dire 1-1 draw at Anfield, and another stalemate against West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday, City are in the ascendancy.
The way they breezed past Arsenal on Sunday was significant.
City were not at their blockbuster best then, either, but picked up a key three points.
History suggests it is matches like these that will decide the Premier League table come May.
And City beating Everton on a gloomy night at Goodison Park may yet be the biggest result yet.
Guardiola’s side have tough tests to come.
But so too do Liverpool, who face daunting games against United and Tottenham before the season’s end.
United will do everything in their power to stop the Reds winning the title.
And you can forgive them for wanting to throw the game against City to ensure their fiercest rivals, the ones around long before the Abu Dhabi money, do not take the prize they covet most.
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