How Everton could line up under Sam Allardyce with ex-boss’ shock name in frame to replace sacked Frank Lampard
EVERTON are looking for a new manager following the dismissal of Frank Lampard.
The former Chelsea manager was sacked by the Toffees on Monday with the club 19th in the Premier League table.
They have failed to win any of their last eight league games and are in dire straits ahead of the second half of the season.
Names in the hat to replace Lampard include former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and former Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
But a shock candidate tipped to return to Goodison Park is Sam Allardyce.
The 68-year-old guided Everton from 13th to eighth place at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after joining the club mid-season.
But he was relieved of his duties that summer with 12 months left on his contract as fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the style of play.
Now he could be in line for a second surprise stint on Merseyside as Everton try to avoid relegation.
And Allardyce’s arrival could mean a return to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation.
Jordan Pickford would keep his place in goal, with the centre-back partnership of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski nailed down to be Allardyce’s bedrock.
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Seamus Coleman and Ben Godfrey would likely be his full-backs.
Then, in midfield, Andre Onana and Idrissa Gueye could be selected as midfield generals, with Demarai Gray on one flank and returning Andros Townsend on the other.
And up front, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will likely be joined by summer signing Neal Maupay – who has scored just one goal in 15 games for the club.
Everton are preparing for a tough few fixtures after Lampard, starting with a home game against league leaders Arsenal on February 4.
They then travel to Anfield for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
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