Sam Allardyce: Everton to name ex-England manager as boss

Captain-for-the-night Rooney produced the sublime long-range effort, bringing back memories of his famous goal against West Ham for Manchester United in 2014, to complete his treble in the 66th minute.

The responsibility of the spot kick fell to Manuel Lanzini, but Jordan Pickford showed just why Everton paid £30m for him in summer, getting down low to beat away the Argentinean's thumping penalty, and this time, there was to be no follow up on the rebound.

U23 boss David Unsworth was named caretaker on a short-term basis but the former Everton defender has struggled to improve results over the past month.

Talking about the managerial situation at the club, Unsworth said: "As we sit here right now, I believe the board are talking to a few people".

"Every player was committed".

"Great hat-trick, great display from Wayne". I'm delighted for the club.

David Unsworth has encouraged the public to give the next manager of Everton time and patience to build the club. With just about their first unsafe attack of the game, Gylfi Sigurdsson played Calvert-Lewin in one on one with Joe Hart, and the England 'keeper came flying out of his goal, bringing down the young forward as he dived for the ball. "Goodison must be a fortress for the rest of the season if we are to finish in the top half".

In what is turning out to be a jolly good day for Proper Football Men™ that Know The League™, it's being reported that Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at Everton, a little over two weeks after initial talks between the two parties dwindled to nothing.

Everton take on West Ham tonight but Big Sam isn't expected to be in the dugout.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old's career, with Allardyce most recently having guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.

  • Stacy Allen