The Firefighter Is Back! Allardyce Confirmed As Everton Manager

Everton have appointed former Sunderland and West Ham United Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a permanent basis.

Allardyce, 63, has since an 18-month contract until 2019 and he will replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October after Arsenal defeated his team 5-2 at Goodison Park.

Former player and the club’s U-23 manager David Unsworth has been in charge of the team since Koeman’s dismissal.

Allardyce has been away from the dugout since resigning from Crystal Palace in May after five months in charge.

He won eight out of the 21 games he managed as Crystal Palace manager to secure a 14th-place finish in the league. It was his first job since the ill-fated one-game spell as England manager.

On his new appointment, Allardyce said: “The ambition of the club, allied to all the fantastic history, has proved to be key for me.”

“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.

“I think that whatever’s happened before we’ve just got to all rally around together. Our will to do it all together would be my way forward.

“I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager.” he concluded.