AFPLONDON (AFP-Jiji) — Everton has appointed former England boss and renowned top-flight survival specialist Sam Allardyce as its new manager on an 18-month contract, the English Premier League club announced Thursday.
Allardyce, whose previous clubs include Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, will take charge of the Merseysiders for the first time when they welcome Huddersfield Town to Goodison Park for a league match on Saturday.
“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.”
Allardyce’s arrival at the Liverpool club was effectively confirmed on Wednesday when Everton said it was finalizing a deal with the 63-year-old Englishman, who will succeed Ronald Koeman as the Toffees’ full-time manager more than a month after the Dutchman was sacked.
Allardyce, in the company of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri later Wednesday, watched the club produce its best performance of the season as a Wayne Rooney hat trick inspired the side to a 4-0 victory at home to fellow struggler West Ham United.
Defeat against the Hammers, managed by former Everton boss David Moyes, would have dropped the club into the relegation zone.