Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Sky Sports' The Debate that he thinks Everton should be looking to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.
Less than 24 hours after their 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman after 16 months in the Goodison Park hot seat.
The Dutchman, who left Southampton for Everton in the summer of 2016, enjoyed a decent first season last term, guiding Everton to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League table.
After splashing out on the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney, Everton were expected to kick on this term – but they have endured a miserable season so far.
Sunday's defeat to Arsenal was their fifth in nine Premier League outings this season, whilst with one point in three Europa League games, it was ultimately time for Koeman to go.
Now, Everton must find a new manager, and ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Sky Sports' The Debate that he feels the Toffees should be targeted Sam Allardyce.
Jordan believes that Allardyce is the proven Premier League manager that Everton need right now, and thinks Everton can tempt him into taking the job as it's the biggest club he would have managed, with considerable financial backing available too.
“They need to get an experienced operator in the Premier League,” said Jordan. “Somebody who gets them away from this ridiculous position of being somewhere near the relegation zone, and moves them up. Personally, I would be looking at Sam Allardyce every day of the week and twice on Sunday, because I think it would be the biggest job he’s had in football, besides the England job. It’s bigger than Newcastle, it’s bigger than Sunderland, it’s bigger than Bolton, it’s bigger than Crystal Palace.”
“I would say that this is a club that finished seventh in the Premier League last season, and I don’t see Sam Allardyce getting a job in the top six. I’ve just spend £150million on players, I’m learning my trade here, I could do with a good manager to come along. I don’t see this as a relegation battle, I see this as correcting where we are, and building - and I quite fancy you,” he added when asked how he would sell Everton to Allardyce if he was Farhad Moshiri or Bill Kenwright.
Given Allardyce's fairly attritional brand of football, Everton fans would be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed if the ex-England boss did take the job, and given the short-term nature of his stints with Sunderland and Palace, fans may feel that caretaker David Unsworth is a better bet for the job right now.