Sam Allardyce to attend Everton game against West Ham with appointment imminent

Sam Allardyce to attend Everton game against West Ham with appointment imminent

Allardyce re-emerged as the leading contender for the job this week after Everton were forced to accept defeat in their attempts to persuade Watford to part with Marco Silva.

"Hopefully at some point along the line we can get to 1.5 or 1.7 points per game".

West Ham boss Moyes is hopeful of a long stay at the Premier League club and is aiming to emulate the progress he made with former side Everton.

Everton have confirmed that former England manager Sam Allardyce is poised to be appointed manager.

David Unsworth remains in caretaker charge as the Toffees face West Ham at Goodison Park at 20:00 GMT.

In what is turning out to be a jolly good day for Proper Football Men™ that Know The League™, it's being reported that Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at Everton, a little over two weeks after initial talks between the two parties dwindled to nothing.

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Everton are now sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

"I hope, and would love to say, that we have similar building blocks here to those we had at Everton", the 54-year-old said.

Having had nearly two full days less to prepare for this fixture following Sunday's 4-1 thrashing at Southampton, David Unsworth made five changes for his final game in caretaker charge of Everton.

The club's prospects had appeared so different at the beginning of the season with Everton having invested heavily following last season's impressive seventh-place finish.

The Toffees spent more than £130m on new players in the summer but have struggled without last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July.

His achievements at the Stadium of Light - which look all the more impressive given what has happened since - earned him his dream job with England.

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