Big Sam brought in to steady the ship at struggling Everton

Big Sam brought in to steady the ship at struggling Everton

Sam Allardyce will finalise a deal to become Everton manager on Wednesday.The 63-year-old ex-England boss will become the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October with the club 18th in the Premier League.

Lee is a supporter of Everton's bitter local rivals Liverpool and, as well as being a player for the Reds, he was once a part of the coaching staff at Anfield, arriving there in 2008 to serve as assistant manager to Rafa Benitez.

An agreement could not be reached at the time but, after Everton failed with an attempt for Watford boss Marco Silva, progress was made over the key aspect of the length of a contract for Allardyce earlier this week.

The bookmaker replaced Chang Beer as Everton's shirt sponsor in the summer, signing a five-year agreement with the Goodison Park club.

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

The pair worked under the veteran Premier League manager during his most recent spell in management with Crystal Palace which ended in May.

Everton have lost seven of their 14 league games this season and can not qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League after earning one point from their five Group E matches. But they have lost their last two matches 5-1 to Atalanta and 4-1 against Southampton, taking the tally of goals Everton have conceded this season in all competitions to 46.

His first game will be at home to Huddersfield on Saturday, and he will no doubt want to cap his first game off with a victory.

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