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Allardyce talks tough on players using social media

Mason Holgate has recently deleted his Twitter account. Credit: PA

Everton's players should not need reminding of their responsibilities on social media, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

The understanding is that Toffees defender Mason Holgate could face a Football Association charge for alleged homophobic tweets sent from a now-deleted Twitter account more than five years ago.

The governing body is aware of three tweets the 21-year-old apparently sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was a member of Barnsley's youth set-up, that contain pejorative terms for gay men. Holgate joined Everton in 2015.

Asked if he was aware the FA was looking into the posts, Allardyce said: "In terms of awareness, yes.

"In terms of when it happened years ago, he's fully aware and doesn't need to be reminded of the situation because they already know.

"Because we go through meeting after meeting, all areas, through the FA, through the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) on what to do and what not to do.

"This is a historical tweet from years ago so he doesn't need any reminding because all the players have already been made aware for more than this year.

"I think it's been going on for years that we've been pointing out to players what they do and what they don't do.

"It's not in my hands whatever the situation is now, but we will find out if and when what the course of action is."

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Allardyce to miss Everton's Europa League game

Allardyce was victorious in his first game against Huddersfield. Credit: PA

New Everton boss Sam Allardyce will miss the club's final Europa League game in Cyprus on Thursday due to a medical appointment.

The Toffees, already eliminated from the competition, face Apollon Limassol in Nicosia and the travelling party that left on Wednesday was without Allardyce, who was appointed to the managerial position only last week.

Press Association Sport understands the 63-year-old has remained at home as he has a pre-arranged appointment to attend and that the Toffees will now be led by first-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson.

With Everton's fate in the group already determined and Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool to prepare for, assistant manager Sammy Lee has also not made the trip and will work with the players who have not travelled.

In Allardyce's absence, Ferguson and Shakespeare, who was at the helm for part of Leicester's Champions League run last term, are set to take charge of an inexperienced XI.

Everton's dismal Europa League campaign has seen them pick up just one point from their five group matches, against Apollon at Goodison Park in September.

Their concluding clash in Cyprus is a dead rubber for both teams as the hosts, with just three points to their credit, cannot qualify for the last 32 either.

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Allardyce on brink of Everton job

Sam Allardyce has been out of work since resigning from his role as Crystal Palace manager. Credit: PA

Everton have finally completed their search for a new manager with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reported Allardyce has signed an 18-month deal and quoted owner Farhad Moshiri saying: "We need a strong leader, he gives us that."

The former England boss ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, claiming he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

But, after Everton's pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal from Vicarage Road, the club returned to Allardyce.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old's career, with Allardyce most recently having guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had "no ambitions" to take another managerial job.

But the chance to turn around Everton's faltering ship has lured him back, and Allardyce is expected to have a watching brief at Goodison Park on Wednesday night for the club's crucial Premier League clash with West Ham.

Everton are currently sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

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