Sam Allardyce signs 18-month deal with Everton

Sam Allardyce has been handed the reins at Goodison Park

It is also understood that Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca was also interviewed for the role, while Republic of Ireland's Martin O'Neill was also being considered, but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri was expected to make a firm decision on Tuesday.

Caretaker boss David Unsworth will remain in charge for Wednesday's key clash against West Ham, with Allardyce due to be in the hotseat for the first time against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Poor old Everton. They sit in 16th place after a awful start to the season but supporters will be hoping serial Premier League survivalist Sam Allardyce can turn things around.

Allardyce has been out of work since resigning as Crystal Palace managerin May.

But after leaving Crystal Palace just a few months ago, the 63-year-old revealed he would not consider another job in club football, and would only be interested in taking the reins of a national side in the future.

Everton's successful Under-23 coach David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Koeman's departure and had some support to be appointed full-time but has won just won and lost five of his seven games at the helm.

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Sam Allardyce is reportedly set to sign a two-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park worth £12million, with the remit to ensure top-flight survival.

That victory, when the Toffees came from two down late on to secure a 3-2 victory over Watford, looked like it might be a turning point.

Everton's chief problem is clear to see.

The Toffees spent more than £130m on new players in the summer but have struggled without last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July.

He previously held talks with the club's hierarchy only to announce he had withdrawn because he felt they were hesitating.

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