Craig Shakespeare insists Sam Allardyce will pick Everton side despite absence
By James Dale
Last Updated: 06/12/17 6:13pm
Sam Allarcyce will have the final say on Everton's team to face Apollon Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday despite not making the trip, says Craig Shakespeare.
The fixture is a dead rubber with Everton already eliminated from the Europa League and Allardyce has remained at home to attend a pre-arranged medical appointment.
Allardyce will return to the club's training ground on Thursday and Friday, Shakespeare confirmed.
Assistant manager Sammy Lee has also not made the trip to Cyprus and will work with the players who have not travelled ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
First-team coaches Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson will take over in the technical area in Allardyce's absence, but Shakespeare insists he is ready and willing to listen to instructions from his boss back in England.
"It's a bit more inclusive than that," said Shakespeare, when asked if Allardyce will tell him who to play. "Directions from the manager of course, he picks the team, the tactics, but he'll always ask for opinions."
Asked if he will take in-game instructions from Allardyce, Shakespeare added: "I haven't thought about it yet.
"I'll speak to him tomorrow morning and find out what he wants to do. I have no problem with it, of course, when the game is going on you can get wrapped up in the situation but I'll get some clarity on that."
Shakespeare led Leicester to the Champions League quarter-finals after taking the reins from Claudio Ranieri, but insisted his leading role for Everton's Europa League game is not an audition for a return to a managerial position.
Can fringe players make the derby?
Morgan Schneiderlin, Kevin Mirallas, Nikola Vlasic, Mo Besic, Davy Klaassen and Ademola Lookman have made the trip to Cyprus, and Shakespeare insisted the team for Sunday's Merseyside derby is not decided yet.
"I don't see it like that," he said. "It's an opportunity for the players. When you come into any new club you form impressions about players, they form opinions about you.
"Its an opportunity for me to get to know the players better, and for them to get to know me as well."
Morgan Schneiderlin was restricted to a substitute appearance in Allardyce's first game in charge of Everton, a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, but echoed Shakespeare's view that a European dead rubber provides the chance to force his way back into the side.
"I want to prove myself in every game," he said, speaking alongside Shakespeare. "It's up to me to show what I can do and that I can make a difference for the team."
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