Allardyce set to be named Everton manager

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Sam Allardyce will finalise terms on a deal to become Everton manager on Wednesday, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Toffees sacked Ronald Koeman on October 23, with the Dutchman presiding over a woeful start to the season that saw them claim just two wins in their first nine Premier League matches.

Fortunes have not improved under caretaker boss David Unsworth, who will oversee the last of a eight-game spell in charge against Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The club are 17th in the Premier League - a place above West Ham - and have lost five times under Unsworth, with a 4-1 defeat at Southampton on Sunday coming on the back of a 5-1 Europa League thrashing at home to Atalanta.

Allardyce had previously been linked with the job at Goodison Park, but ruled himself out of the running earlier this month after suggesting an agreement could not be reached.

However, the former England boss is now reported to have agreed an 18-month deal on Merseyside.