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Allardyce adamant he wants to stay as Everton boss

Allardyce wants to stay at Everton. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce is adamant he wants to remain as Everton boss beyond the end of the season.

The Toffees are 11th and sit one place behind weekend opponents Brighton, with their away form still a major cause of concern for Allardyce.

Reports over the weekend suggested majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri could even try to tempt Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to Goodison Park over the summer if he were to leave the north London club, but Allardyce is determined to remain in post on Merseyside.

"Of course (I want to stay). These are tough times, there are times when you have to draw in, close the doors and stay focused on what you want to achieve," he said at his Thursday press conference.

"I'm having talks with (Moshiri) but (the content of those discussions) is confidential. It is my responsibility to get the team to play to the level they can play. I think when they play their best we can give anyone a game."

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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."

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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