The managerial situation at Everton has taken a new twist, with Sam Allardyce the leading contender to take the job once again.
Allardyce was one of the early favourites to take over at Goodison Park following the sacking of Ronald Koeman back in October. However he publicly ruled himself out of the running after the club took too long to decide on their next step.
They have since been pursuing Watford boss Marco Silva, who has refused to rule himself out of potentially taking over at Goodison Park, as speculation persisted over his future at Vicarage.
However, the Hornets are adamant that the Portuguese manager will not be leaving, no matter how much compensation the Blues offer to throw their way, leaving Everton to reassess their options once again.
The weekend defeat to Southampton coupled with the Europa League embarrassment to Atalanta within the last week have hastened the need to resolve the issue, with the Toffees now having the unwanted title of the worst defence in the Premier League. Even Caretaker boss David Unsworth, who had previously been keen to take the job, has urged the club to make its decision sooner rather than later.
According to reports, Everton’s search has now come full circle, with Sam Allardyce now the leading contender to take the job, according to reports. Allardyce has a great record of avoiding relegation, helping Sunderland and Crystal Palace to Premier League Safety in each of the last two games.
Should he get the role, his first job will be to plug the gaping holes in the Everton defence, a defence that has conceded nine goals within the last week, and a total of 43 goals this season, an average of 2.38 goals per game.