Everton Football Club has appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager. The 63-year-old former England boss, who has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May, said he was “enthused and energised” about managing Everton.
Mr. Allardyce, who signed a deal until June 2019 will be a permanent replacement of the Dutch Ronald Koeman, sent packing in October after disappointing results, which saw the club in an embarrassing 18th position in the Premier League.
“The ambition of the club, allied to all the fantastic history, has proved to be key for me,” the new manager said.
Having spent more than £130m on new players in the summer , the Toffees seem to be in a desperate mood to earn back the dividends from the spending as well as win back the confidence of their angry supporters, who have been left desolated after their top scorer Romelu Lukaku was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July. Definitely, the selling of Lukaku ushered in harsh periods of a goal drought and miserable performances for Everton. Neither the sacking of Ronald Koeman nor the appointment of Under-23 coach of the club David Unsworth, a former Everton defender, on a temporary basis could change the fate of the Liverpool club. David Unsworth won only two of his eight matches.
“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”
Arguably, the selling of Romelu Lukaku was one of the greatest gambles of the club, which have forced Everton to struggle without their star player. Not even the appointments of new coaches have helped remedy the poor performance of the club. Although the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri seems to think otherwise with the appointment of Sam Allardyce.
“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,”
Is Sam Allardyce Everton’s long-expected Messiah? The crucial match against Huddersfield on Saturday, would prove Farhad Moshiri right or wrong. That match will determine whether Everton who are now 13th in the league will need more than Allardyce’s optimism and Moshiri’s praises to survive the tough race ahead.