Former England manager Sam Allardyce has admitted his interest in the Everton vacancy and laid out his pragmatic blueprint for reviving the struggling Merseyside club.
Toffees chiefs are considering their next move after sacking Ronald Koeman last week and seeing caretaker boss David Unsworth suffer consecutive losses.
Allardyce is among the bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Koeman, having indicated a change of heart since stepping down at Crystal Palace and announcing his retirement at the end of last season.
“I’d have to consider that if that phone call happens,” said the 63-year-old, who has also managed Sunderland, West Ham, Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton in the top flight.
Allardyce steered struggling Palace and Sunderland sides to safety after taking charge mid-season and says he would adopt a similarly no-nonsense approach to reviving an Everton team sitting 18th in the Premier League.
“I’ve been in this position a number of times. I’d just put the team back to basics and show them what exactly what it takes to get out of this position,” he added.
“Sometimes it’s not entertaining, particularly away from home, but it’s about commitment, getting a result.
"You look at the strengths and weaknesses of the side and promote the strengths, build the confidence, but stick to a basic game where you make fewer mistakes than the opposition, try and get the clean sheet and go from there.”
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester was a sixth league loss in eight games and leaves Unsworth facing a challenge to prove he can replicate his success with Everton’s under-23 side at first-team level.
Goodison Park chiefs are said to be split over whether to seek a high-profile foreign manager such as Carlo Ancelotti or Thomas Tuchel or to hire an Englishman in Unsworth, Allardyce or Burnley’s Sean Dyche.
“It’s really going to be tough for Everton to get out of that position,” Allardyce said. “Not because the lads are not trying, but as a team collectively they can’t keep a clean sheet and can’t score a goal. Those are the two problems. If you resolve one, you’ll end up resolving the other and that will start with the clean sheet.”