The breaking news is that Sam Allardyce is now Everton’s new manager, BBC Sport confirming the appointment.
It was obviously just a question of when, with Allardyce looking very pleased with himself as West Ham were smashed 4-0 last night at Goodison Park.
No wonder, with reports that the scousers have been forced to pay him more than Zinedine Zidane gets at Real Madrid.
Everton having struggled to get a replacement after sacking Ronald Koeman, with a number of managers in work reportedly turning them down.
His first game in charge will be at home to Huddersfield which if they win, gives him a golden chance to claim he’s instantly saved the Toffees with six points in his first two matches, as no doubt he has already decided he was responsible for the victory over the Hammers.
Newcastle fans will have the ‘pleasure’ of welcoming Fat Sam back to St James Park in only 13 days times, when the two clubs meet on Wednesday 13 December.
‘Sam Allardyce has signed an 18-month deal to become Everton’s new manager.
The 63-year-old ex-England boss is the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked in October with the club 18th in the Premier League.
The Toffees earned two victories from their eight matches under caretaker boss David Unsworth.
His final game in charge was Wednesday’s Premier League victory over West Ham at Goodison Park, which Allardyce watched from the stands.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May.
Everton, who are now 13th in the league and face Huddersfield on Saturday, are yet to confirm his appointment.
Koeman guided Everton to seventh place last season – his first in charge – but was sacked the day after a 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal on 22 October.
The Toffees spent more than £130m on new players in the summer but have struggled without last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July.
Allardyce left Palace after just five months – his first job since an ill-fated one-game spell as England manager – having led the club to eight wins in 21 games to secure a 14th-place finish in the league.’