Unsworth stresses patience needed for new Everton manager

Jonathan Hernandez
December 1, 2017

"I've always thought Everton was a great club", he told the club's official website. That's hard 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.

His final game in charge was Wednesday's Premier League victory over West Ham at Goodison Park, which Allardyce watched from the stands.

Lee previously served as Allardyce's assistant at both the Eagles and Bolton Wanderers as well as a brief spell with the England national team.

Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May, his first role since stepping down as England manager by mutual consent in 2016 after two months in the job following allegations he offered advice on how to bypass rules on player transfers.

Everton are now sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

The 63-year-old is expected to attend Everton's match at home to fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham tonight but with only a watching brief.

Unsworth has won just two of his seven games in charge at Everton, but last night's win was a fine way to sign off.

Allardyce re-emerged as the leading contender for the job this week after Everton were forced to accept defeat in their attempts to persuade Watford to part with Marco Silva.

The club's prospects had appeared so different at the beginning of the season with Everton having invested heavily following last season's impressive seventh-place finish. So with that in mind it's no wonder Everton are throwing a lot of money at a manager who's never been relegated.

Sam Allardyce wasn't Everton's first-choice pick to take over from the fired Ronald Koeman.

After years of being unable to come close to matching the financial clout of the Premier League's big guns, Everton finally had significant backing thanks to new owner Farhad Moshiri.

Further forward, Allardyce will need to get Everton scoring more, something the team has struggled to do since selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for 75 million pounds ($97 million) during the summer.

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