BBC pundit Kilbane names potentially unpopular choice for Everton, says Tony Pulis could be ideal

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Kevin Kilbane says appointing Tony Pulis could be what Everton need.

Tony Pulis the head coach

Kevin Kilbane has told BBC Sport that appointing Tony Pulis would be a pragmatic move by Everton.

The Toffees were beaten 4-1 by Southampton on Sunday and look worse under caretaker boss David Unsworth as every game passes.

Pulis was fired by West Bromwich Albion last week after a poor run of results.

He has a reputation as an effective but limited boss, unable to propel the Toffees to compete for Champions League places liked they dreamed off at the start of the season.

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Nonetheless, Kilbane feels Pulis would be a sensible appointment considering relegation is more likely than a top four finish.

He told BBC Sport: "They were supposed to be getting someone to take them to the next level, which was what Koeman was meant to do.

"But Everton have now slipped into such a bad position that Pulis is the sort of name that you think could fit the bill.

"He might not be a long-term appointment, or the man to take a team into the top six, but he is well known for keeping teams up and survival is what this season is all about for Everton now."

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Everton are in 16th place at present, just two points above the relegation zone and have already crashed out of the Europa League.

Their season is going from bad to worse and Pulis could be the man to temporarily stop the bleeding, before they end up getting dragged further into the mire.

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