• New manager succeeds Koeman who was sacked five weeks ago • Allardyce watched Everton’s defeat of West Ham at Goodison Park
Sam Allardyce has been appointed the new Everton manager just a day after watching from the stands as the team cruised to a 4-0 victory against West Ham United at Goodison Park. The 63-year-old has signed a deal to the end of June 2019.
The Everton forward has joined an exclusive club of players to have scored from inside his own half. But where does it rank compared to David Beckham, Charlie Adam and the rest?
David Beckham, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard, Charlie Adam, Maynor Figueroa and Wayne Rooney (x2) – the list of players to have scored goals from the halfway line in the Premier League is an exclusive club. But which one was the best?
We rank each goal in order and invite you to let us know your thoughts.
• Captain says superb goal from beyond halfway line ‘might be my best ever’ • Victory moves side up to 13th place as David Unsworth departs on high note
Sam Allardyce was a privileged spectator at Goodison as Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a wonderful hat-trick. The Everton captain welcomed the manager -in-waiting watching from the stands with the first three goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory over West Ham that lifted his side into 13th place in the table, and the player’s first hat-trick for his boyhood club was completed with a stunning goal from the halfway line.
Just when it was least expected but sorely needed Wayne Rooney popped up with his first-ever hat-trick for Everton, proving that timing, like class, is probably permanent. The 32-year-old even managed to score the third of his goals from his own half, which must have convinced the watching Sam Allardyce there is life in the old dog yet.
Somewhat belatedly it also appears David Unsworth might be getting the hang of this caretaking business after all. When Allardyce takes over his seventh Premier League club in the next 48 hours he will do so with Everton five points clear of the relegation positions, Unsworth’s parting gift having been the second win of his eight matches in charge and perhaps even more remarkably the first clean sheet.
… the biggest game in Everton’s history. Well, that’s what Match of the Day pundit and erstwhile Evertonian Martin Keown was suggesting the other night. Let’s set aside the likes of the 1928 match against Arsenal when Dixie Dean needed a hat-trick to break George Camsell’s league goalscoring record of 59, the 1933 FA Cup final, the 1966 FA Cup final, the 1984 FA Cup final, the 1985 Cup Winners Cup final, and the 1994 status-saving mission against Wimbledon … let’s not nitpick. Because you get the general drift. This is quite a big one, after all.
It’s 17th versus 18th. A relegation six-pointer? Well, not quite. It’s way too early for that. But it’s a game which could set a tone or sour a season. A win tonight for shambolic Everton, who have lost their last two fixtures 5-1 and 4-1, would catapult them up to 14th spot; they’d be five clear of the dropzone, and with Sam Allardyce coming in, worries of a first relegation since 1951 would suddenly look a bit daft. Defeat, though, would plunge them into the relegation places. Again, it’d be far too early to seriously fret, with two thirds of the season still to play. But fret people will, these days.
• Allardyce to return six months after he quit Crystal Palace • Former England manager has never been relegated from Premier League
Sam Allardyce has agreed to become Everton’s manager, six months after he stepped down at Crystal Palace saying he had “no ambitions to take another job”.
Allardyce is set to become the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman after David Unsworth’s unsuccessful stint as caretaker. His first match will be at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. He has agreed an 18-month deal worth a reported £9m.
The former Everton manager is keen to re-employ the methods which worked well for him through much of his 11-year spell in charge at Goodison Park
David Moyes was hoping not to talk about Everton but the subject was difficult to avoid before his latest return to Goodison Park. “I’ll tell you this one,” West Ham’s manager said as his mind drifted back to the final day of the winter transfer window in 2013. “It was my last year. I think Everton were a striker short of being top four. You were still needing somewhere like £10m or £15m to get a top striker. We had £1m left. Tony Henry, who’s here, was involved in it, probably more so than anybody. He says: ‘There’s a boy at Barnsley who’s not bad.’”
John Stones was the boy in question and instead of getting that top striker Moyes’s final signing for Everton ended up being a young centre-back from Barnsley who joined for £500,000 and left for £47.5m to Manchester City two and a half years later. That was often how it had to be for Moyes during his 11 years at the club and the point behind the story was that there were plenty of times when all that scrimping and saving forced him to be more creative in the transfer market. “It focuses you differently,” he said. “You have to find a way of getting a talent which might go on.”
• Former England manager close to agreeing deal to move to Goodison Park • Allardyce expected to add Sammy Lee and Craig Shakespeare to coaching staff
Sam Allardyce is set to be named Everton’s new manager after negotiations over him succeeding Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park continued on Tuesday night, with the former Liverpool player and coach Sammy Lee expected to become part of his coaching staff.
The former England manager, who has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in the summer, is due back from holiday on Wednesday and is expected to meet Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, to finalise his contract, believed to be worth around £6m a year. Initial talks with Allardyce’s representatives broke down earlier this month but it is understood that Everton returned to the 63-year-old after it became clear Watford were not interested in allowing Marco Silva to leave Vicarage Road.
• Caretaker prepares for West Ham on Wednesday amid great uncertainty • ‘They need to say they are not up for it and we will get players who are’
David Unsworth has conceded Everton are likely to replace him at any moment with Sam Allardyce or another long-term appointment and the caretaker manager suggested some of the players he inherited lack the courage to arrest the team’s alarming slump.
Unsworth has overseen five defeats in seven games since becoming Ronald Koeman’s temporary successor on 23 October, with the latest, Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Southampton, increasing Everton’s desperation to make a permanent appointment. Allardyce is the current favourite and Unsworth, speaking as he prepared for West Ham United’s visit to Goodison Park on Wednesday, said: “There were no guarantees five weeks ago that it would last a week, two weeks [for me.] So as far as I’m aware I will be in charge tomorrow night unless somebody tells me different.
• Goodison club consider fresh talks with the former England manager • David Unsworth has endured six defeats in eight games as caretaker
Everton are considering fresh discussions with Sam Allardyce regarding him becoming their new manager, after initial talks with the 63-year-old previously broke down when he was first approached earlier this month.
Allardyce’s status as a potential candidate once more indicates how desperate Everton have become to find a permanent successor to Ronald Koeman after the first contact with him is thought to have broken down due to the length and terms of the contract he was offered.
Everton crumbled to pieces for the second time in four days as their disastrous season continued with a chastening defeat at Southampton. Everton’s resolve was again totally absent as a far superior Saints side picked off David Unsworth’s men, with Steven Davis completing the rout after Dusan Tadic’s opener and a Charlie Austin double. By the final whistle, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spectacular equaliser was a distant memory and relegation to the Championship an ever increasing fear.
Everton were slapdash in possession, shirked countless challenges and most passes were aimless. This was the meekest attempt to put right the wrongs of the capitulation at the hands of Atalanta on Thursday, but instead another gutless performance that again left the caretaker manager David Unsworth grimacing. For Mauricio Pellegrino, who compared managing Southampton to going to the gym in midweek, this domineering and confident showing was evidence of significant progress.