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Ademola Lookman strikes twice as Everton end dismal campaign on a high


Ademola Lookman’s brace ensured a youthful Everton side did not miss Sam Allardyce’s presence in Cyprus as they finished their woeful Europa League campaign with a victory.

A pre-arranged medical appointment meant Allardyce was not in Nicosia to witness the 3-0 win against Apollon Limassol, Everton’s first of the group stage, but the new manager will receive a positive assessment of his fringe players and youngsters from Craig Shakespeare, who took over in the dugout for the night.

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Apollon Limassol v Everton: Europa League – live!


Do you think Sam will be Facetiming the bench tonight? Maybe tape an iPad to a broom and prop it up in the dugout. Strap his earpiece on the side, for realism.

Craig Shakespeare, the hand on the tiller tonight, has been speaking: “This gives the fringe players that game opportunity…you’re always learning about your players…if they show that application, the door is never shut.”

While we’re waiting for this one to start, here’s Liam Rosenior’s excellent column from this week, on how we could be losing a generation of BAME coaches if we don’t implement some sort of Rooney Rule into English football.

I remember bumping into a black former team-mate of a mine who’d won the Champions Leagues, league titles and had a career at the very highest level with club and country. When I told him I had the ambition to manage and coach after my career was over he winked and scoffed: “You’ve got no chance of a job!” I’ve seen discrimination as a young boy when my father was turned away from an opposing team boardroom when going to meet his chairman because the doorman said: “There’s no way you are the manager.”

So, for those of you keeping track, that’s a stonking 20 changes made between the two sides from their last league games. As you’ll know, so much so it almost seems pointless for me to mention it, the two who keep their places are Apollon’s Brazilian midfielder Allan and skipper for the evening Fotis Papoulis. Perhaps they’re being punished for some sort of infraction. In case you’re interested, that last Apollon fixture was a 6-0 victory over Pafos, who featured erstwhile West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet in their ranks.

The lowest squad number on Everton’s bench is 41.

Kissas; Joao Pedro, Pitian, Roberge, Jander; Allan, Sachetti; Martinez; Sardinero, Schembri, Papoulis. Subs: Vale, Zelaya, Stylianou, Yuste, Pittas, Vasilou, Jakolis.

If you want an indication of the Guardian’s absolute dedication to our craft, to the game, and indeed to you, it’s this: we’re bothering with this match and the Everton manager isn’t. Are we heroes? That’s really not for us to say. But we certainly wouldn’t shy away from such adulation.

This is of course an entirely meaningless game. Both sides are out, and they could probably do without such an encounter this Thursday, with big games coming up at the weekend. Everton face Liverpool on Sunday, which is why Big Sam has stopped at home, to study the tapes of Sadio Mane, Phil Coutinho et al doing awful things to defences all over the show (also to attend a ‘medical appointment’, apparently). Apollon, meanwhile, have that big 5th vs 7th clash against Omonia Nicosia on Monday.

Nick will be here shortly.

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Football quiz: how well do you know the Manchester and Merseyside derbies?


Do you remember these all-time records, far-flung fixtures and short-lived leads?

Which one of these four has played for Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Liverpool and Everton?

Nicolas Anelka

John Gidman

Peter Beardsley

David Johnson

Ian Rush is Liverpool’s top scorer in Merseyside derbies. Who is Everton’s?

Tim Cahill

Andy Gray

Dixie Dean

Graeme Sharp

Who is the only player to have played for both Everton and Liverpool in Merseyside derbies in the same season?

Nick Barmby

Kevin Sheedy

Abel Xavier

Dave Hickson

What was the score in Roy Hodgson’s only Merseyside derby as Liverpool manager?

Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Liverpool

Everton 4-1 Liverpool

Everton 0-3 Liverpool

Who scored the first Merseyside derby goal in the Premier League, in December 1992, when Liverpool led for one minute before losing 2-1 at Goodison Park?

Mark Wright

Jamie Redknapp

John Barnes

Ronny Rosenthal

Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for Everton in April 2016. Who was the last Liverpool player to be shown a red card in the derby?

Steven Gerrard

Mauricio Pellegrino

Lucas Leiva

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

How many Merseyside derbies have been played since Everton last won one?





Liverpool beat Everton in the 1984 League Cup final after a replay. Where was the match staged?


Stamford Bridge

Old Trafford

Maine Road

The first Manchester derby took place on 12 November 1881. What were the teams called?

Salford and Burnage

Newton Heath and St. Marks (West Gorton)

St Ann’s Gorton and Drayton Grove

Trafford and Citizens

The Manchester derby has been contested outside of the UK once. Where?





Which player has appeared in the most Manchester derbies?

Ryan Giggs

Paul Scholes

Bobby Charlton

Colin Bell

How far apart are the Etihad and Old Trafford?

0.9 miles

2.5 miles

4.3 miles

7.8 miles

Wayne Rooney scored an overhead kick to secure a 2-1 victory for United over City at Old Trafford in February 2011. Who scored the other two goals in that game?

Micah Richards and Dimitar Berbatov

David Silva and Nani

Yaya Touré and Darren Fletcher

Sergio Agüero and Patrice Evra

Manchester City won at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years when they beat United 2-1 in February 2008. What else was unusual about that game?

It was United's only league defeat of the season

Alex Ferguson was not in attendance as he was at his son's wedding

City beat United home and away that season but were still relegated

There were no sponsors' logos on the players' shirts

All of these players represented both Manchester clubs. Which one played for City before he played for United?

Owen Hargreaves

Andy Cole

Sammy McIlroy

Denis Law

Brian Kidd

Peter Schmeichel

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Sam Allardyce set to miss Everton’s Europa League match to focus on derby


• Allardyce expected to stay in Liverpool to work with first-team squad
• Makeshift side to be fielded against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus

Sam Allardyce may miss Everton’s Europa League match at Apollon Limassol to prepare for Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Allardyce has confirmed he will field a makeshift team on Thursday in order to make the Premier League trip to Liverpool the priority. Apollon and Everton, who have recorded the worst performance in the competition by an English team in history, cannot qualify from the group and the visitors are set to field several youngsters in Cyprus.

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Liverpool and Everton handed derby tie in FA Cup third round draw


• Merseyside rivals meet at Anfield, Brighton to host Crystal Palace
• Nottingham Forest host Arsenal, Hereford could face Leicester

Liverpool and Everton will face each other in the FA Cup next month after the third-round draw was given a derby flavour.

The all-Merseyside fixture will see the newly-installed Everton manager, Sam Allardyce, visit Anfield for the second time in the space of a month with the teams set to collide in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The sides last met in the competition in the 2012 semi-final, with Liverpool seeing off their neighbours 2-1 thanks to Andy Carroll’s late Wembley header.

Related: Liverpool face Everton in FA Cup third round draw – as it happened

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Struggling Gylfi Sigurdsson embodies Everton’s malaise for Sam Allardyce


• Manager admits Icelander’s protracted record move was never straightforward
• ‘You need a greater mentality because the demand is higher for Everton’

Sam Allardyce believes Gylfi Sigurdsson has struggled to cope with the pressure of playing for Everton and the manager plans to bring in a sports psychologist to address the mental frailties of his new charges.

The Icelander became Everton’s £45m club record buy, making him £17m more expensive than any previous signing at Goodison Park, when he arrived from Swansea in August and Allardyce feels he has found it difficult to adjust to the demands of life at a higher-profile club.

Related: Record-breaking Sam Allardyce is off to a flying start at Everton

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Record-breaking Sam Allardyce is off to a flying start at Everton


• Win for Allardyce as he becomes first man to manage seven Premier clubs
• Pardew buoyed by display but West Bromwich are held in his first game

Sam Allardyce savoured an ideal start to his new job as he made an instant impact as Everton manager with a 2-0 home win against Huddersfield while Alan Pardew, sacked by Crystal Palace last December, said he was encouraged on his return to the hot seat despite West Brom failing to find a way past his former club.

Related: Sam Allardyce has desired effect as Everton ease home against Huddersfield

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Sam Allardyce has desired effect as Everton ease home against Huddersfield


This was why Everton hired Sam Allardyce. He offers a reassuring reliability to the imperilled. The risk of relegation at Goodison Park was reduced at a stroke. As Allardyce became the first man to manage seven Premier League clubs, it was a snapshot of why the previous six had deemed him eminently employable.

Few have procured more points from forgettable fare. Allardyce has a reputation for ugly effectiveness; he is likely to keep Everton up and it probably won’t be pretty. Two goals that contained elements of class were out of keeping with the rest of a low-calibre game, but highlighted the ability Everton have displayed too rarely this season.

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Sam Allardyce keen to extend stay as Everton manager beyond 18 months


• It would be nice to get away from that firefighting label, Allardyce says
• Craig Shakespeare likely to join him and Sammy Lee for Huddersfield game

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.

Related: Everton put faith in Big Sam successfully renewing his big ambitions

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Everton v Huddersfield Town: match preview


Sam Allardyce is still counting his lucky stars that he gets to take over a team with more points, 15, than games played, 14, and after watching the midweek win which made it so, is happy to have Oumar Niasse, Michael Keane and a full bench available to help offset fatigue. David Wagner says facing a new manager isn’t a ‘major problem’ as everybody is aware how he usually sets up. Mark Tallentire

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sam Allardyce: five key things for Everton’s new manager to address | Paul Wilson


Everton’s problems include the defence, having too many No10s and needing to find a goalscorer, so there is plenty of work to be done

“We have been conceding goals for fun,” was David Unsworth’s assessment of his six weeks in charge and Sam Allardyce, based on his work at ailing clubs, should at least be able to introduce some rigidity to the backline and prevent Everton’s recent resemblance to a rugby team arranged on a diagonal. Whether he can do much to rescue Phil Jagielka’s career or put the suddenly vulnerable Ashley Williams back on track remains to be seen. The greatest worry is that Michael Keane appears to have been affected by the chaos around him and no longer looks the assured performer he was at Burnley. With Ramiro Funes Mori long‑term injured and Mason Holgate just back, Everton have problems in central defence and are not exactly secure elsewhere. Allardyce in the past has been critical of Leighton Baines, who, like Keane, is injured and though Jonjoe Kenny looks the part the dependable Seamus Coleman has been sorely missed at right-back all season.

Related: Sam Allardyce watches on as Wayne Rooney hat-trick seals rare Everton win

Related: Forget Premier League’s alleged dinosaurs, it’s open and progressive | Sachin Nakrani

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Forget Premier League’s alleged dinosaurs, it’s open and progressive | Sachin Nakrani


The appointments of Allardyce, Pardew, Moyes et al have caught flak but foreign managers from Pep Guardiola to Marco Silva are shining and likewise Englishmen such as Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe

It is a little more than a month since Sam Allardyce appeared alongside Richard Keys and Andy Gray in their TV studio in Doha and moaned, without a hint of irony, about foreigners taking all the plum jobs. Well, more or less. What Allardyce claimed exactly was British managers are viewed as “second class” in their own country and have “nowhere to go” because the Premier League is a “foreign league in England”.

Nonsense then and even more so in a week when Allardyce took charge at Everton and Alan Pardew did the same at West Bromwich Albion, with the pair following in the footsteps of Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace and David Moyes at West Ham United. British managers have never had it so good. Certainly not those who have been there, done that.

Related: Raheem Sterling earns Manchester City dramatic late win over Saints

Related: Newcastle United fightback denies West Brom win as Alan Pardew waits in wings

Related: Chris Wood has Burnley galloping to victory at all-at-sea Bournemouth

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