Sam Allardyce has been announced as the new Everton manager.
The former West Ham and Crystal Palace boss, watched the Toffees defeat West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday from the stands.
Discussions between Everton and Allardyce’s representatives took place since Monday and now the club’s six-week search for a replacement for the sacked Ronald Koeman has come to an end.
The former England manager has signed an 18-month contract.
“I’m delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager,” owner Farhad Moshiri said in a statement.
“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.”
Allardyce, 63, has been out of work since resigning as Crystal Palace manager at the end of last season.
“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 in a statement.
“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.”