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Allardyce, 63, will bring in former Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare as his chief coach as he attempts to reverse Everton’s alarming slide – described shambolic by their former striker Gary Lineker – towards the foot of the Premier League.

One set of talks with Allardyce floundered this month because Everton power broker Farhad Moshiri only wanted to offer him a short-term deal.

Everton instead pursued their No1 choice, Silva. But when it became clear Watford would not part with the highly rated Portuguese coach – dubbed the “new Mourinho” when he performed so well in almost keeping Hull in the top flight last season – Everton were forced to act.

Talks were on-going last night, with Allardyce understood to be looking for a three-year commitment.

Everton, however, were still trying to convince him to take a shorter option, although one with big incentives for keeping the club in the Premier League. A compromise deal of two years, with a large bonus for survival, was one option being discussed.

That would enable the Toffees to chase Silva, or any other big-name boss, this summer while offering Allardyce hefty financial compensation should he succeed in keeping them up.

Survival has looked an increasingly tall order since the departure of Ronald Koeman last month and the disastrous caretaker spell of David Unsworth.

A 3-2 win – coincidentally against Silva’s Watford at the start of the month – is Everton’s only victory in their last dozen league and cup…



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