In Focus: Everton may stop Allardyce going to West Brom if they fail to get Silva

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton managerial target Sam Allardyce is in line to get the vacant West Bromwich Albion job.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that the Baggies want Allardyce to save them after Tony Pulis was sacked on Monday following a run of just two wins in their last 21 top flight matches stretching back to last season, which has left them just one point above the relegation zone.

Everton had also been heavily linked with the 63-year-old after they relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties last month following a similarly disastrous start to the campaign, but it seems as though a disagreement over a length of contract means Allardyce is unlikely to take over at Goodison Park.

The Mirror says that West Brom owner Guochuan Lai is more concerned the club secures survival rather than playing entertaining football, which should put the former England boss towards the top considering his record of never being relegated.

Could Everton hijack any bid?

If West Brom do enter into discussions with Allardyce, it would certainly be interesting to see what the reaction from the Merseyside outfit would be.

While it appears as though Watford boss Marco Silva is their top target, they face a battle to prise the Portuguese boss away from Vicarage Road and if they fail to do so they will need to look for another option.

It remains to be seen whether David Unsworth would be trusted to take the role until the end of the season with survival paramount, and Allardyce would surely become a contender again even if he wanted a deal that extended to longer than the end of the current campaign.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Everton seem fixed on Silva right now but if they feel they can’t get the 40-year-old, they would be mad to miss out on Allardyce considering his Premier League record – avoiding relegation has to be the aim for the Toffees right now seeing as they are three points above the bottom three.