Sam Allardyce declared that the lure of Everton and the ambition of the Club proved persuasive in his decision to return to management after he was confirmed today as the new manager of Everton Football Club.
The 63-year-old will take charge of the Blues for the first time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield, having signed a deal to the end of June 2019.
“The attraction of the Club itself, the people I’ve known at the Club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” 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.
“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.
“Because we are all in it together and let’s all pull in the same direction. Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the Club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the Club.
“And we’ve got to try to keep our heads up and push ourselves until we make sure we get that better. The fans are the most important people at any football club, of course, and we have to give the players every possibility to play to their best, really give them no excuses for not playing to their best and get them right back up to the top level we believe they’re capable of.
“Last season showed what the Club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”
One of the most respected and experienced managers in English football, Allardyce has taken charge of almost 500 Premier League matches during 15 seasons in the top-flight.
Renowned for his ability to get the best out of players, he is also a forward-thinking manager, pioneering in his use of innovative technology and analysis tools to enhance team performance.
Everton major shareholder Farhad 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.
“Evertonians are the most passionate and best fans in the world and when the Club does badly we all suffer. But in football everything changes very quickly, so I hope this will help to propel us to where we should be.
“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. He is a real Evertonian, embodying the commitment, pride and passion we all feel for the Club.”
The Club can confirm David Unsworth will return to his valued role as manager of Everton’s Under-23s and Academy Director of Coaching.