Ex-Leicester boss Shakespeare could join Allardyce at Everton

Ex-Leicester boss Shakespeare could join Allardyce at Everton

SAM ALLARDYCE is set to answer Everton's managerial SOS today and sign a £12MILLION mega deal.

They could easily be another Leeds United, Nottingham Forest or Sheffield Wednesday - big clubs relegated from the Premier League and never seen again. And their pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva has also ended unsuccessfully.

Fonseca emerged as the shock front-runner to finally succeed Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park after Everton's hunt for a new manager dragged on for more than five weeks. "So I continue to do what I was asked to do five weeks ago".

Big Sam had resisted Everton's initial interest - first revealed by SunSport last month - when the Toffees were only willing to give him a job for the rest of the season before trying for a younger, sexier name.

However, a run of only one win in seven games under Unsworth, including a 5-1 home defeat to Atalanta and a 4-1 loss at Southampton on Sunday, prompted Everton to resume negotiations with Allardyce over the weekend.

"No, because I think one way or another David Unsworth will still be hoping he will still be Everton manager, and why should he not be?"

Sources close to the Portuguese have told Football Insider that Fonseca was offered the Everton job but has rejected it to stay in Ukraine with Shakhtar.

Fonseca was among the candidates Everton considered to replace Roberto Martinez in 2016 before the appointment of Koeman and they were prepared to offer him the chance to take charge at Goodison Park as they look to avoid a relegation dogfight this season.

"I don't think there's a secret ingredient where somebody just comes in and all of a sudden you start winning again".

With Sam, the players will get a very clear impression of the way forward. In the short term, they want Premier League survival - nothing more.

Watford did not appreciate the timing nor manner of Everton's efforts to take Silva, a manager they believe capable of qualifying their talent-rich squad for European football.

West Ham will kick-off in the relegation zone but a victory would see them climb above the Toffees.

When confidence is low, it takes a bit of time to build it back up.