Allardyce rules out Town role

Sam Allardyce insists he is not interested in becoming Huddersfield Town's next manager after they parted company with David Wagner on Monday.

The 64-year-old former England boss has helped the likes of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton move clear of relegation trouble in the last few seasons but believes the rock-bottom Terriers are doomed.

Town have taken one point from their last nine Premier League matches and are eight points away from safety.

"They are rock-bottom of the Premier League and I don't think I could change that situation, so for me it is not the right match. It is not the job for me," said Allardyce.

"Huddersfield haven't got enough goals to get them out of trouble. That has been the one failing. No club has got out of such trouble with so few points after this many games.

"For me, and I know the fans won't want to hear this, it's got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.

"They've only scored 13 goals in 22 matches and, while I've managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe scoring 18 and at Crystal Palace I had Christian Benteke who scored 15 goals."

Huddersfield, 1/16 to be relegated, are 13/2 to draw with Manchester City in their next match on Sunday.

Silva is new Toffees boss

Everton have confirmed Marco Silva as their new manager on a three-year deal.

The 40-year-old former Hull and Watford boss replaces Sam Allardyce, who was sacked at the end of the season after six months in charge at Goodison Park.

Silva insists he wants the Toffees faithful to be 'proud' of their team, not only for results but for the way they go about getting them.

Allardyce came in for plenty criticism towards the end of the season for his style of play.

"I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results," Silva said.

"I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch."

Everton finished eighth under Allardyce, who had replaced Ronald Koeman in November.

Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri described Silva as a "young, dynamic, energetic and very modern manager".

Silva will be joined by long-term assistant manager Joao Pedro, plus goalkeeping coach Hugo Olivera, technical scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceicao.

Former Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson will continue as part of the coaching team under the new boss.

Silva was sacked by Watford in January, after the Vicarage Road outfit became frustrated at Everton's approach for the Portuguese in November.

The new boss insists the club has strong ambitions.

"Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club. The club is changing its approach," Silva added.

"But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the club.

"Everybody knows Everton's history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win."

Everton are 1/3 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season, while Watford are 5/1.

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Everton start new boss search

Everton have announced that they will be appointing a new manager this summer after parting company with Sam Allardyce.

The 63-year-old spent less than six months in charge at Goodison Park as he signed a contract at the end of November 2017 that was not due to expire until June 2019.

Everton had sacked Ronald Koeman in October after which David Unsworth was placed in caretaker charge for almost six weeks.

The Toffees had flirted with relegation before Allardyce's appointment but they eventually finished eighth, 16 points above the drop-zone.

However, many Everton fans were unhappy with the style of play under the former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England and Crystal Palace boss and there were loud chants against the manager in the final home match of the season against Southampton.

New club chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: "On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and [club owner] Mr Moshiri, I'd like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton. Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.

"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately."

Former Watford and Hull City boss Marco Silva is expected to be named as Allardyce's successor.

Everton are 20/1 to finish in the top four next season, while Arsenal can be backed at 2/1 and Chelsea at 4/6.

Allardyce won’t stand in Rooney’s way

Sam Allardyce claims Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave Everton, but he won't stand in his way if he wants a move to America's MLS

The Toffees boss has spoken out on the speculation that the 32-year-old is set to depart Goodison Park after just one season back with his boyhood club for a £12.5million switch to America's Major League Soccer with Washington-based outfit DC United.

Allardyce told his press conference, ahead of Sunday's final Premier League game of the season at West Ham, that "there seems to have been some negotiation along the line" with regards to Rooney but nothing was set in stone at the moment.

When pressed further on the future of England and Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer, who has scored 10 league goals with Everton this season, Allardyce added: "I don't get involved with anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations. I know there appears to be an interest from DC United but where Wayne lies in it I cant tell you until I've spoken to him.

"If the player wants to go – if any player wants to leave – I'm comfortable.

"But let's get this right: Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has he had a confrontation with me."

As for his own future on Merseyside, Allardyce, who replaced Ronald Koeman in late November and has guided the club away from a relegation battle and to a top ten finish, said: "I have a contract – a one year contract.

"Until that time someone says they don't want me I have a contract. I've already planned for next season."

Everton are 23/10 to win at West Ham on Sunday, with Rooney 2/1 to score at any time, while the Hammers are priced at 13/10 and the draw is available at 5/2.

Allardyce in no rush to leave

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has reiterated that he will not be leaving the club this summer and is already thinking about next season.

Allardyce has been in charge at Goodison Park since the end of November but has not been a popular appointment among a section of Toffees fans.

However, the former England, Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle boss has guided the club to eighth in the Premier League table when it had appeared before Christmas that they wold be embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

Everton, who started the campaign with Ronald Koeman in charge, have taken 14 points from their last seven fixtures and are 19/10 to beat Southampton on Saturday.

Allardyce said: "I'm here because things were not going well and I don't think anyone expected that. You use your experience to pull the players through that and build the confidence.

"The pre-season plans are all in place. What happens with the recruitment of players in and out is pure speculation at the moment. You have to realistically see what is available and what is out there.

"Plans are in place [for new signings]. Names are on lists, yes, but can we achieve it? "It's a volatile market. With the market closing before the season starts and the World Cup, it is tough."

Mason Holgate has returned to training but will not be risked against Southampton, 6/5 to be relegated this season, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also been ruled out of the game.

Rooney: Pickford best in country

Wayne Rooney says that Jordan Pickford is the best goalkeeper in the country at the moment and should go to Russia as Gareth Southgate's number one.

Pickford joined Everton from Sunderland last summer and has enjoyed a good season in an otherwise indifferent campaign for the Toffees.

Everton are at home to Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday night and Rooney said that Pickford has demonstrated this season that he deserves to start the Russia World Cup as England's first choice keeper.

He said: "He [Pickford] is England's No 1. I feel he is the best keeper the country's got.

"Jordan is a character around the dressing room and at times this season he has saved us points and kept us in games. He has done his job.

"He has been a great signing and will be here for a long time, I'm sure."

With the World Cup fast approaching Gareth Southgate has options in the goalkeeper position.

Joe Hart has long been England's first choice but has struggled for form and has not been a regular at West Ham.

Jack Butland at Stoke is another challenger for the jersey while Nick Pope has forced his way into contention after a good season with Burnley.

Southgate will name his provisional squad to take to Russia by 14th May.

Meanwhile, Rooney also offered his backing to manager Sam Allardyce, pointing out that the Toffees were 17th when he succeeded Ronald Koeman and they are now ninth in the table, well clear of any relegation concerns.

The Toffees are 6/5 to win on Monday night with Newcastle, now clear of relegation worries themselves at 11/4 with the draw 23/10.

Everton are 1/2000 to finish the season in the top half of the table.

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Allardyce hails Gueye’s influence

Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes that defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye is a crucial component in his side when they are at their best.

The 28-year-old Senegal international, who recently signed an extended contract to keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2022, joined the Toffees from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016.

He has since proved to be highly effective in the Everton engine room and has clearly impressed Allardyce, despite the Toffees having endured a difficult season to date.

"Idrissa is important without the ball in the way he screens the back four," Allardyce told the clubs official website.

"He has this N'Golo Kante-like style and we have heard the praise about Kante and what he did for Leicester City (and Chelsea). I think Idrissa is that type of player for us.

"Also his capabilities in possession are very good; he rarely gives the ball away and that is what we need. He gives us a real consistency.

"I love his attitude, the way he enjoys his football, the dedication and focus with which he trains every day."

Everton are next in action on Saturday, when they head to the Liberty Stadium to take on a Swansea City side still battling to move clear of relegation danger.

The Merseysiders have only lost once in six previous Premier League visits to Swansea, that defeat being a 1-0 reverse last season, when Fernando Llorente scored the only goal of the game.

Everton are available at 19/10 to win on Saturday, with the draw priced at 11/5 and a 1-1 final scoreline 11/2.

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The Football Games Which Fail to Entertain

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

The irony is that Everton fans probably would have accepted this result before kick-off.

Given their heroes last tasted success in the Merseyside derby in October 2010, given that they were torn apart on their own turf seven days ago, many in the blue half of Merseyside would have settled for a draw pre-match.

Yet on reflection, they won’t need football betting backers to tell them this was a glorious opportunity missed against much-changed opponents.

Not only were the 90 minutes of live betting at Goodison Park largely tame, but aside from a couple of flashpoints, we didn’t even have a feisty affair to compensate.
There has rarely been any love lost when it comes to this fixture.

Indeed, in Premier League clashes between the two city rivals over the past 25 years, there have been 21 red cards (14 of them to Everton).

However, this was something of a bore draw.

On saying that, Liverpool should be happy with their afternoon’s work and a fine point in the middle of a heavy schedule.

Considering this was sandwiched between a Champions League double header against Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp was always likely to rest some key players.

This is, though, the strongest squad Liverpool have had for some time and they controlled long spells of the match before, understandably, tiring somewhat late on.

Confidence is key in football and the contrast between the two clubs was evident.

As early as the third minute groans could be detected from a minority of home fans, far from ideal for such a clash.

Victory would have been a perfect riposte for ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce who has unfairly been criticised by Evertonians, despite overseeing improvement since he took the helm in late November after the failed David Unsworth experiment.

But they were very much second best until applying pressure late on and, deep down, Allardyce will realise this was a great chance missed to end a run of 17 Merseyside derbies without victory (Liverpool have triumphed in eight meetings with the other nine encounters ending with honours even.)

Ultimately a day of frustration for Everton whose wait for a derby win goes on.

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Sigurdsson faces two months out

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss the remainder of the domestic season, but should be fit to feature for Iceland at the World Cup finals this summer.

The 28-year-old, who has had an inconsistent first season at Goodison Park, sustained a knee problem in the 2-0 Premier League victory at home to Brighton last Saturday.

And, while the Toffees have not revealed the exact nature of the injury, they have a set a 6-8 week period which they expect their player to be sidelined for.

Should he return in that timescale, Sigurdsson is likely to have plenty of time left to regain full fitness to feature for Iceland in their first-ever appearance at the World Cup finals.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce told the club's official website: "We'll continue to assess Gylfi's progress on a week-to-week basis.

"The medical team will work very closely with him, as they would with any injured player, to get him back playing as quickly as possible."

Playmaker Sigurdsson has scored six goals in 33 appearances for the Merseysiders following his £45million arrival from Premier League rivals Swansea City last summer.

He has also played in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, having impressed in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim between the summers of 2010 and 2012.

Everton, minus Sigurdsson, are back in action on Saturday when they head to the Potteries to take on a Stoke City side who are currently in the relegation zone.

The Toffees are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Potters and are 2/1 to claim all three points on Saturday, with the draw priced at 9/4 and a 1-1 final scoreline 11/2.

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Allardyce out to resolve away struggles

Everton boss Sam Allardyce says his side must address their away form having secured an important home victory over Brighton.

Gaetan Bong's own goal gave the Toffees the lead before Cenk Tosun fired home in the 76th minute.

Wayne Rooney did have the chance to put the cherry on the cake but Mathew Ryan made the save from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.

Allardyce was delighted with the 2-0 victory but knows his side must start picking up wins away from Goodison Park if they are to progress.

He said: "Overall a very good performance, which isn't unusual at home – it is what has been delivered on a regular basis.

"The last 10 home games is seven wins, two draws and only one defeat. On that basis we are a top-six side in points gained, and on an away basis we have to improve because we are right down at the bottom.

"So we only have to put one thing right – our away results."

Everton's next chance to get three points on the road comes on Saturday when they make the trip to face Stoke City.

The Toffees are 21/10 to win, 9/4 to draw and 13/10 to lose to the Potters.

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