Sam Allardyce to attend Everton game against West Ham with appointment imminent

  • Sam Allardyce to attend Everton game against West Ham with appointment imminent

Sam Allardyce to attend Everton game against West Ham with appointment imminent

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick, including one from inside his own half, helped Everton dish out thrashing to former manager David Moyes' West Ham side to give interim manager David Unsworth the ideal send off as the newly appointed Sam Allardyce watched from the stands. Hart's clearance, however, found Rooney 58-yards away, who sent the ball not only the entire West Ham half but above the heads of the opponents' defense to finish his first hattrick for Everton.

West Ham boss Moyes is hopeful of a long stay at the Premier League club and is aiming to emulate the progress he made with former side Everton.

However, the deal could be done by the weekend - a fact David Unsworth appeared to acknowledge.

Allardyce has been out of management since his surprise decision to quit Crystal Palace at the end of last season, having succeeded in a six-month mission to keep them in the top-flight. "I have no ambitions to take another 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.

"I hope, and would love to say, that we have similar building blocks here to those we had at Everton", the 54-year-old said.

Everton went on to win the the game 4-0.

That victory, when the Toffees came from two down late on to secure a 3-2 victory over Watford, looked like it might be a turning point.

Everton are now 17th in the table and have won just one of seven games in all competitions under Unsworth, who is the club's under-23s manager.

The Toffees spent more than £130m on new players in the summer but have struggled without last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who was sold to Manchester United for £75m in July.

Allardyce held further talks with Everton yesterday - weeks after ending negotiations because he felt unwanted. But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.