Upon his confirmation, Allardyce told Everton’s official site:
“I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the Club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.
Because, ultimately, it’s the ambition of the Club, the ambition of the Owner and the Board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.
Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this Club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.
I think that whatever’s happened before we’ve just got to all rally around together. Our will to do it all together would be my way forward.”
Big Sam has signed an eighteen month deal worth an estimated £9 million. That’s £115,000 a week. More than Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Unai Emery at PSG and Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. Blimey. Imagine how many pints of wine he can buy with that.
Allardyce’s first game as Toffees boss will be against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, whom he played nearly 40 league games for in a spell from 1984 to 1985.
All the best Big Sam!