Date published: Tuesday 28th November 2017 6:20

Caretaker boss David Unsworth has stressed Everton’s next permanent manager will need “time, patience, support and backing”.

It seems the Toffees will soon have a new man in charge, with Unsworth on Tuesday saying “talks are ongoing” between the club and “a few people”.

Press Association Sport understands that includes discussions with representatives of former England boss Sam Allardyce, who had publicly ruled himself out of the running just under two weeks ago.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca is also a candidate, according to reports, while Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s name has been mentioned as well.

Unsworth, who stepped up from the Under-23s following Ronald Koeman’s sacking on October 23, said he would still be in charge for Wednesday’s clash with West Ham as far as he was aware.

Asked for his understanding of the managerial situation, he said: “As we sit here right now, I believe the board are talking to a few people.

“Talks are ongoing, but nothing has been finalised yet with anybody. So I continue to do what I was asked to do five weeks ago.”

Asked directly about Allardyce, Unsworth said: “Sam is a top manager, but I think it would be wrong of me to talk about individuals.

“I have seen the names that have been bandied about – all top managers. Whether there’s truth in the names of some, or all, or none, I don’t…

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