Martin Keown urges patience from Everton, as they're doing something they haven't done for 15 years

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Arsenal legend Martin Keown (R) on the touchline during the Charity football match between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie at The Emirates...

Everton are searching for a new manager after sacking Ronald Koeman.

Farhad Moshiri owner of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Pundit Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Everton must take their time to get the right manager – but can see why they would want to appoint Sam Allardyce.

The Toffees decided to part ways with manager Ronald Koeman last month after a dreadful start to the season, in which he lost five of his first nine games of the Premier League season.

Caretaker manager David Unsworth then lost his first three games in charge in all competitions, before claiming his first win as Everton boss with a 3-2 comeback win over Watford on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on May 14, 2017 in London, England.

It remains to be seen whether Unsworth can land the job on a full-time basis, with Everton looking at other managers – and one manager heavily linked with the post is Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce, 63, has been out of management since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, but he could be tempted back into Premier League management for the right job.

Allardyce has told talkSPORT this week that he hasn't had talks with Everton, but he remains one of the favourites for the job as the Toffees weigh up their options over the international break.

Now, pundit and former Everton defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he can understand why the Toffees would go for Allardyce, and believes he may even try a more expansive brand of football if he lands the Goodison Park job.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Arsenal legend Martin Keown (R) on the touchline during the Charity football match between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie at The Emirates...

Keown did though add that Everton need to take their time, as they are changing manager in the middle of the season for the first time since 2002 – and given that this is their first decision of that nature in 15 years, they need to get it right.

“I can see the wisdom of appointing Sam Allardyce,” said Keown. “He offers an experience and know-how to get Everton out of this situation. Everton’s last-gasp victory over Watford has bought the board some breathing space. This is the first time that Everton have replaced a manager mid-season since David Moyes was appointed in 2002, so they need time to make the right decision.”

“Allardyce has a pragmatic approach to management which will be vital in keeping them in the Premier League, but will it be the right fit for Everton in the long-term? I arrived at Goodison having played for Aston Villa under Graham Taylor, who played pragmatic, percentage football. In my first game, I drilled the ball into the channel for Graeme Sharp to run into and received a telling-off. I was told that I had to play balls to feet. Every training session was total football. If Allardyce does come to Everton, maybe it means he is willing to play a bit more expansively,” he added.

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