In Focus: Everton eye Sam Allardyce as new manager race takes another twist

According to reports in The Telegraph, Sam Allardyce is the new frontrunner for the vacant Everton job after meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that Allardyce is leading the race to succeed Ronald Koeman with the Toffees keen to appoint a new manager during the international break.

The Telegraph says that the 63-year-old and Moshiri have held face-to-face discussions about the possibility of him taking over, with director of football Steve Walsh a known admirer of the former England boss.

The report adds that other candidates have been sounded out, but it appears as though Allardyce is in the driving seat as he would likely ensure that the club avoids being embroiled in a relegation battle because of the success he has had in his career at this level previously.

Will it happen?

It could depend on the compensation costs and how easy it would be to get their other targets.

Everton know that they could bring in Allardyce for free, while they would need to pay a fee to prise other candidates like Sean Dyche and Marco Silva away from Burnley and Watford respectively, with a potential deal for the latter likely to be especially difficult considering the Portuguese boss only took over at Vicarage Road during the summer.

Would he do a good job?

As we mentioned previously, if Everton now see this as a season where they can stabilise and ensure they stay away from the bottom three then there is no doubt that Allardyce would be a decent appointment.

His football would probably be a little direct and he would tighten the team up from a defensive point of view, and that is much needed right now considering the Toffees have conceded 22 goals in 11 Premier League matches this term.

In the long-term however, you would have to question whether he is the man to take the Merseyside outfit to the upper echelons of the English top flight.

Would the fans be happy?

They would probably be a little underwhelmed, to be honest.

While they know Allardyce would keep them out of trouble and make them organised, they may not be happy with the direct style of football that is likely to follow.

Some may also feel that they would be better off giving Unsworth an opportunity on a permanent basis rather than appointing the 63-year-old.