Allardyce lauds Everton’s ambition as he takes over

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VIDEO SHOWS: NEW EVERTON MANAGER SAM ALLARDYCE TALKING ABOUT CHALLENGE OF TAKING OVER AT CLUB / OVERLAID ON B-ROLL OF ALLARDYCE AT THE CLUB

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SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 30, 2017) (EVERTON TV – MUST COURTESY EVERTON TV / EVERTON TV LOGO MUST NOT BE OBSCURED)

1. SOUNDBITE (English) NEW EVERTON MANAGER SAM ALLARDYCE SAYING (PART OVERLAID WITH ALLARDYCE ARRIVING AT EVERTON TRAINING GROUND):

“That is the one big key thing for me, it has ambition, and ambition going forward is very important for any player, or any manager, or any coach. Or anybody who works in football or any owner or director. Ambition is what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans which is their ambition to see this club get as high up this league and challenge.”

2. SOUNDBITE (English) NEW EVERTON MANAGER SAM ALLARDYCE SAYING (PART OVERLAID WITH ALLARDYCE ARRIVING AT EVERTON TRAINING GROUND):

“I didn’t just want to take a bit of time out. I was convinced that would be enough then. But you know it is Everton. I suppose it is the attraction, the club itself, the people who I have known at the club and the people, as I have said before, who have worked at the club and told me what a great club it is. And I have always thought it was that. Hopefully I can put this difficult spell behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards.”

3. SOUNDBITE (English) NEW EVERTON MANAGER SAM ALLARDYCE SAYING (PART OVERLAID WITH ALLARDYCE ARRIVING AT EVERTON TRAINING GROUND/ALLARDYCE ON TRAINING PITCH):

“The experienced players are the ones I am looking at and saying ‘Come on lads, where are you? Where is your best game? Where has it gone? What do we need to do to get your best game back?’ That then gives us stability across the team and allows the youngsters to come in and flourish, and be better, and to show more of the talent they have got that they showed last year.”

4. SOUNDBITE (English) NEW EVERTON MANAGER SAM ALLARDYCE SAYING (PART OVERLAID WITH ALLARDYCE ON TRAINING PITCH):

“I think that whatever has happened before, we all have to rally around together. Our relationship, our will to do it all together would be my way forward. We are all in it together and we have got to give the players every possibility to play to their best and really give them no excuses for not playing their best, and getting them right back to the top of their game. And the quicker we can do that the better then results will get.”

STORY: Everton have named former England boss Sam Allardyce as their manager on an 18-month contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday (November 30).

Allardyce replaces Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month after the Merseyside club dropped into the relegation zone.

The 63-year-old watched from the stands as Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United on Wednesday (November 29) and takes over with the Merseyside club 13th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

He 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 have lost seven of their 14 league games this season and cannot qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League after earning just one point from their five Group E matches.

Their poor form has come despite spending more than 140 million pounds ($189 million) on players in the last transfer window, including record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane and Dutch international midfielder Davy Klaassen.

Allardyce’s task will be to restore stability and return the club to being the regular top-seven finishers they were under David Moyes from 2004-2013, Roberto Martinez in 2014 and Koeman last season.

Everton’s new boss will bring experience of managing a record six Premier League clubs – Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland and Palace – during which he developed a reputation of building direct, defensively solid and hard-to-beat teams.

David Unsworth, who took caretaker charge after Koeman was sacked, will resume his role as manager of Everton’s Under-23 squad and academy director of coaching.