Everton are expected to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager on Tuesday – but long term the club still wishes to give the job to Marco Silva.
The former England coach appeared to have talked his way out of succeeding Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park by making huge wage demands and requesting to bring in 10 of his own backroom team – an expenditure the Toffees weren’t prepared to take, given they only saw him as a short-term appointment.
However, their ongoing struggles has meant the club are now ready to meet Allardyce’s requests and the Daily Express claims the club held successful talks with him on Monday with a view to naming him as their new manager today.
It is believed Allardyce was looking for a three-year deal to take charge, but Everton are said to have agreed a compromise two-year deal, which will see him awarded a large bonus if he keeps Everton in the Premier League.
Allardyce, 63, will bring in former Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare as his chief coach as he attempts to reverse Everton’s alarming slide that sees them sat 16th with just 12 points from 13 games.
Long term, it is believed Everton want to bring in Silva to the hotseat, but that move will be shelved for now with Watford standing firm and Everton instead agreeing to Allardyce’s demands.
Former Toffees boss David Moyes, meanwhile, has urged David Unsworth to leave Everton and find his own way in management.
Former Toffees defender Unsworth has been manning the fort for five weeks since Koeman was sacked but has picked up just one win from seven matches.
Assuming Unsworth does not get the job Moyes, who managed the centre-half during his 11 years in charge of Everton, has told him to look elsewhere rather than go back to coaching the under-23s.
“If he doesn’t take the Everton job I think I would tell ‘Unsy’ to go and manage somewhere and earn your corn,” said Moyes.
“If you want to move on go and get a job in the Championship or League One.
“I think there has been a generation of really good players out there who I believe should go and manage and try and come up.
“I would say earn your stripes first and show you can organise so that you can control the team and show that your training works, all the things that are linked with management and leadership.
“I still believe the best thing to do is to go out and trust yourself to win a few games wherever you go.”
However, Moyes will not be passing on that advice when he returns to Goodison with West Ham on Wednesday night.
“No, because I think one way or another David Unsworth will still be hoping he will still be Everton manager, and why should he not be? He has to do that,” added Moyes.
“But if he doesn’t get it, he has done a very good job with the under-23s.
“He won the league last year, they are up towards the top of the league and you look at the players Everton are bringing through, the Tom Davies’ of the world, and a few more.
“Maybe the next step is for ‘Unsy’ is to try and get a decent job which would give him a chance of getting into management level and get a few years under his belt.”
West Ham will kick-off in the relegation zone but a victory would see them climb above the Toffees.