The experienced manager has been linked with the vacant role at Everton.

According to the Express, Everton have spoken to Sam Allardyce about taking charge at Goodison Park and, while he may not be the manager Toffees fans were hoping for, he could be exactly what they need.

Everton are in dire straights and only a massive upturn in form will ensure they are not fighting a relegation battle in the second half of the season.

Allardyce is a no-nonsense boss who is known for shaking up the most depressed of dressing rooms and, while his tactics may not be every Everton fan’s cup of tea, they cannot be picky after slipping into the bottom three when some had tipped them for a top-four finish.

Those dreams have to be put on the back-burner for now, with whoever replaces Ronald Koeman tasked with shaking off the lethargy that has affected too many of Everton’s star names.

For those who say Everton are too big for Allardyce, or that he is not used to managing star names, no club sitting 18th in the league after 10 matches can get on their high horse about reputation, while the 63-year-old coaches some of the greats during his time at Bolton Wanderers, namely Fernando Hierro, Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha.

Allarydce is known for rescue missions, and unfortunately for Everton and their supporters that is what they need right now. 

He would not settle for some of the performances the Toffees have put in this season and he would be in stark contrast to Koeman, which could be exactly what they need.

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