In Focus: Appointing Allardyce and Shakespeare will give Everton safety and time

According to reports in The Sun, Everton are ready to hand Sam Allardyce a £100,000-per-week deal to be Ronald Koeman’s successor until the end of the season, with former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare set to be his number two.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that the Toffees want Allardyce to be their new manager after failing to land Watford’s Marco Silva, but he will only be handed the job until the end of the current campaign – much like David Moyes at West Ham.

The Sun says that Allardyce told the Merseyside outfit that he wanted a long-term contract with a survival bonus, but it now seems as though he will sign a short-term deal worth £100,000 per week in the coming days.

Shakespeare could follow the former England boss to Goodison Park after being sacked by Leicester in October, just four months after signing a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis following a successful period as caretaker manager.

The report adds that Allardyce’s first match in charge could be against former club Crystal Palace, who will be owed £2m in compensation if the appointment is confirmed during the international break.

Will Allardyce and Shakespeare be a good team?

Despite the controversy during his spell with the Three Lions, the 63-year-old is known to be a safe pair of hands in the Premier League and that stability and almost guarantee of survival is exactly what Everton need right now.

While they did complete a spectacular comeback against Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday to win 3-2, they are still in trouble and their defence is leaky having let in 22 goals in their 11 top flight matches this term.

Allardyce will look to strengthen the backline and get the players organised from a defensive point of view, and Shakespeare will hope to be as effective as a number two as he was under Claudio Ranieri when the Foxes won the Premier League title.

Will Everton fans be happy?

Probably not, but if it is until the end of the season they will probably be a bit more content.

It isn’t always easy to get the manager you want during the campaign, and appointing a safe pair of hands in Allardyce before targeting the boss you really want next summer could be a smart plan.