Date: 29th November 2017 at 9:20am
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It’s being reported that following the reopening of talks with Sam Allardyce, his appointment as Everton manager is now close.

Following Ronald Koeman’s departure, Allardyce was a lead candidate for the Everton position but talks stalled and the former England man withdrew his interest with no firm offer being made.

With ongoing struggles and even caretaker manager David Unsworth calling for a resolution after the two heavy defeats, talks were reopened and the BBC believe that an appointment could now be made ahead of the weekend.

Reports in Portugal did indicate that we were interested in Shakhtar Donestsk coach Paulo Fonseca, but the consensus is we possibly made an approach at best but nothing more substantial than that and Allardyce remains our prime target.

Unsworth is expected to remain in charge for tonight’s clash with West Ham regardless of what happens, but there seems to be a hint he could even be confirmed prior to that game with him simply taking a watching brief.

In terms of a backroom staff it’s expected former Leicester assistant and manager Craig Shakespeare could be involved, with Allardyce also looking to add Sammy Lee to his ranks. Lee worked with Allardyce as an assistant at Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and England.

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