Sam Allardyce odds slashed as Everton draw up manager short list

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Seemingly camped on his sun lounger beside a pool somewhere in southern Europe, Allardyce could be forgiven for thinking his time in a Premier League hot seat was way off in the distance.

But Allardyce has never been one to lack self-belief and the smoke coming from the bin fire that is Everton will no doubt have him swapping his budgy smuggler trunks for one of those large duvet managers' coats.

With Marcelo Bielsa (2/1) and Sean Dyche (3/1) leading the race to take the Everton hot seat, Allardyce looked miles away at 25/1 on Monday afternoon when Frank Lampard was sacked.

But with Everton in such turmoil social media rumours of an Allardyce return began to spark, which poured more fuel on the fire and forced bookies to slash his odds to an alarming 8/1.

Several media outlets are reporting Allardyce has already had talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, which hasn't gone down well with Toffees fans either.

'Big Sam' spent five-and-a-half months as Everton boss between November 2017 and May 2018, leading them from 13th to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League. The 68-year-old may be a renowned relegation firefighter but his reappointment would be unpalatable to an already disenchanted fanbase, even with the club in such a perilous position. His last job involved him taking West Bromwich Albion back into the Championship, but that no doubt was somebody else's fault. But fear not Everton fans, Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney, both at 6s with some bookies, are still acting as a buffer before reaching Allardyce in the market.

West Ham boss David Moyes' odds have drifted down to 20/1, which won't be greeted too kindly in East London as many fans were hoping he would be poached by the Everton chiefs.

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