Allardyce seduced by Everton's ambition

Sam Allardyce and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri prior to Everton's English Premier League match against West Ham United at Goodison Park Liverpool on Wednesday

Sam Allardyce unveils Everton escape plan, including what to do with Wayne Rooney – before taking the job

That's hard when you're losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that's lifted everybody around the club.

Barton has been a fierce critic of David Unsworth, during the 44-year-old boss's temporary spell in charge at Goodison Park.

Allardyce is returning to management six months after resigning from his post at Crystal Palace, having said at the time that he had "no ambitions to take another job".

Following the appointment of Allardyce today, SportPesa posted a weird joke at the club's expense.

The Kenyan sports betting platform reacted to the news of Sam Allardyce's appointment as the club's new permanent manager by posting a video of Allardyce dancing to the Rihanna song "We Found Love".

With Unsworth overseeing his final match at home to West Ham tonight, Allardyce's first game in charge will be against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park this Saturday.

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

Allardyce replaces Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month after the Merseyside club dropped into the relegation zone.

But his seven-game tenure has been little short of disastrous, with Everton losing five games and winning just one.

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.

Everton's chief problem is clear to see. The team has already been eliminated from the Europa League, too.

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.

Can Allardyce get Everton going? But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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