Sam Allardyce is in line to take the vacant manager’s position at Everton after holding talks with major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, according to reports.
The former England and Sunderland boss was sounded out last week about the prospect of replacing Ronald Koeman and is reportedly keen on the role.
Allardyce, who saved Sunderland and Crystal Palace from relegation is said to favour bringing in recently sacked Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare into his backroom team.
Under-23s coach David Unsworth has been placed in charge of Everton temporarily, but has lost his first three matches.
When speaking on Match of the Day about the Everton job, Allardyce, 63, was coy.
Host Gary Lineker asked: “He’s (Sean Dyche) been linked with Everton. Is it time an English manager was perhaps given the chance at one of the bigger clubs?”
Allardyce replied: “It’s always time an English manager was given the chance, as far as I’m concerned Gary, or a British manager – there’s no doubt about that. And there’s not enough of us given the chance.”
When asked if he would consider going back into management and whether Everton would tempt him, Allardyce added: “I’m not doing anything at the moment, I’m enjoying myself here.
“You never know, you never know. I don’t think so really, but…but for him, (Dyche) shortly he’s got to decide when he’s going to move on or whether he’s not.”