Sam Allardyce wants long-term Everton stay
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, despite speculation over his future.
The former England manager came out of retirement to take over at Everton after Ronald Koeman was sacked in November, signing a contract until June 2019.
Everton are currently 11th in the Premier League but the closeness of the bottom half sees them just seven points above the relegation zone, having won just two of their last 11 league games.
But Allardyce remains certain his future will be at Everton.
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“Of course,” he said, as reported by BBC Sport. “I know all about Everton and what you have to achieve. I want it to be a long-term appointment.
“There are tough times and there are times when you have to draw in and close the doors and stay focused on what you want to try to achieve.
“I came out of retirement because there’s a long-term plan that I was excited to be a part of.
“I am having talks with [Everton owner] Farhad Moshiri, but those talks are confidential.”
The Toffees go up against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday knowing only a win will do to help them in their quest for safety.
Everton’s defence their downfall
Despite Allardyce being known for his teams’ defensive strength, only three teams have conceded more goals than Everton in the Premier League this season.
West Ham United, Stoke City (both 54) and Huddersfield Town (50) are the only teams to boast a worse defence than the Toffees who have also made 16 defensive errors.
Of those 16 errors, five have directly lead to goals for their opponents with James McCarthy, Ashley Williams, Eliaquim Mangala, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate the unfortunate quintet.
A signing from Swansea in August 2016, William has not covered himself in glory this season and was sent off in Everton’s defeat to Burnley for swinging an arm at Ashley Barnes.
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