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Sam Allardyce signs 18-month deal as new Everton manager

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New Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he hopes to improve the club's recent form, and help them move up the Premier League

Sam Allardyce says he is "energised" to take over as the new manager of Everton after agreeing an 18-month deal at a club he calls "unique".

Allardyce joins the club after arriving back in England on Wednesday, following a holiday in Dubai, to finalise an agreement with the Everton board.

The 63-year-old was in attendance alongside major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright for Wednesday night's 4-0 victory over West Ham at Goodison Park.

Allardyce was in attendance for Everton's 4-0 against West Ham on Wednesday
Image: Allardyce was in attendance for Everton's 4-0 against West Ham on Wednesday

Sammy Lee joins the club as assistant manager, Sky Sports News understands, while former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare - who was Allardyce's right-hand man during the ill-fated four-month spell with England - will also join the backroom team.

Allardyce said: "The attraction of the club itself, the people I've known at the club - Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland - these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager.

Sam Allardyce poses for a photo after being unveiled as Everton manager at USM Finch Farm on November 29, 2017 in Halewood
Image: Allardyce has penned a deal at Goodison Park until summer 2019

"I've always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.

"Because, ultimately, it's the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it's Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me."

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Watch Allardyce arriving at Goodison Park for Everton's visit of West Ham on Wednesday, just hours after the club confirmed he would finalise a deal to become their new manager

Everton owner Moshiri added: "I'm delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.

"Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.

"Evertonians are the most passionate and best fans in the world and when the club does badly we all suffer. But in football everything changes very quickly, so I hope this will help to propel us to where we should be.

"I would like to put on record our thanks as a Club to David Unsworth for stepping up when we needed him over the last few weeks. He is a real Evertonian, embodying the commitment, pride and passion we all feel for the club."

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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri says Allardyce is the 'most underrated British manager' and that he expects the 63-year-old to bring stability to the club

Unsworth endured a difficult period in interim charge of the Toffees - who have won just two of the last 13 games - and will return to his previous U23 role.

Duncan Ferguson is also expected to have a place in the revised coaching set-up.

Everton is Allardyce's seventh Premier League club, and his first since leaving his role as Crystal Palace boss in the summer.

Palace chairman Steve Parish agreed to his departure, and it is believed the south London club would receive a compensation package of around £2m if Allardyce took a new job before next summer.

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