Big Sam signs 18-month Everton deal
Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Everton's new manager after signing an 18-month deal at Goodison Park.
The former England, Newcastle and Sunderland boss will take charge of the Toffees for the first time time in tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield.
Allardyce said: "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."
Allardyce returns to management six months after leaving his most recent post at Crystal Palace.
He guided the Eagles to Premier League safety before intimating he was retiring, saying he had no ambition to take another job in management.
But the opportunity to turn around Everton's fortunes, and the deep pockets of owner Farhad Moshiri, have tempted Allardyce back.
Moshiri no doubt did not expect to be turning to a manager renowned for getting teams out of trouble when he bought the club in February as they chased European football.
But things quickly turned sour under Koeman this season and the Dutchman was shown the door after 16 months in charge. Moshiri said: "I'm delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.
"Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.
"I would like to put on record our thanks as a club to David Unsworth for stepping up when we needed him over the last few weeks."
Unsworth will return to his role with the under-23s while there was no immediate confirmation of Allardyce's backroom staff.