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Sam Allardyce may have been Everton’s second choice to replace Ronald Koeman – the club was prepared to pay Watford hefty compensation for Marco Silva – yet it did not take the former England manager long to stamp his personality on his new situation, promising to stay longer than 18 months and deriding his rival’s record in England.
“I don’t know what went on before with Marco Silva – all I know is that when Everton approached me I said ‘yes’ even though I was in Dubai at the time,” Allardyce said. “I was not saying ‘Wait and see’, I was saying, ‘Yes, I am coming.’ The club, I think, wanted to give David Unsworth the job first and foremost, but you have to see who is out there, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket.