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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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Allardyce challenging claims over England sacking

Allardyce was sacked after only one game as England boss. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce remains in legal correspondence with the Football Association and disputes the claims which led to his sacking as England manager, Press Association Sport understands.

Allardyce was sacked as national boss after just 67 days and one match and reports on Tuesday suggest he is preparing to sue the governing body for damages.

Allardyce's representatives have been in contact with the FA since his departure last September and that the 62-year-old has challenged the nature of claims made against him in the Daily Telegraph.

It is understood the FA has received and acknowledged a recent letter from Allardyce's camp but the organisation has not commented publicly.

The Telegraph covertly filmed Allardyce making a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

Allardyce discussed the FA's third-party ownership regulations, which stop third parties owning football players' economic rights.

He also referred to his England manager predecessor Roy Hodgson as 'Woy' in a reference to his speech impediment.

Allardyce also discussed acting as a keynote speaker for investment firms in the Far East, although he did say he would need to run any potential deal "past the powers that be".

The former Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton manager, whose England side beat Slovakia 1-0 in his only game in charge, gave a "sincere and wholehearted apology" for his actions on the day of his dismissal.

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