EVERTON are searching for a new manager following the sacking of Frank Lampard.
Sam Allardyce is one of the names being linked with the vacant Everton job[/caption]
They have failed to win any of their last eight league games and are in a perilous situation heading into the second half of the season.
But a shock candidate tipped to return to Goodison Park is Sam Allardyce.
The 68-year-old guided Everton from 13th to eighth at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after coming into the club mid-season.
But he was relieved of his duties that summer despite having 12 months left on his contract as fans voiced their displeasure with the style of play.
Now he could be in line for a surprise second stint on Merseyside as Everton bid 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 on to be Allardyce’s bedrock.
Seamus Coleman and Ben Godfrey would likely be his full-backs.
Then in midfield, Andre Onana and Idrissa Gueye could be selected as the midfield generals, with Demarai Gray on one flank and the returning Andros Townsend on the other.
And up front Dominic Calvert-Lewin is likely to 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 couple of fixtures post-Lampard, starting with a home game against league leaders Arsenal on February 4.
They then travel to Anfield for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.