Everton's first-choice replacement for Ronald Koeman is very ambitious

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With 26 minutes remaining in Everton’s match against Watford on Sunday, the situation appeared incredibly bleak for the Toffees.

Two-nil down, Everton were staring a sixth-straight defeat right in the face.

But what followed in the remaining minutes could serve as a pivotal moment in the club’s season.

Everton produced a thrilling comeback, goals from Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leighton Baines handing them a 3-2 lead.

The ultimate sign that Everton’s season isn’t completely doomed came when Tom Cleverley missed a penalty for Watford in the 11th minute of injury time.

The club are continuing their search for a new manager following Ronald Koeman’s sacking, with former England boss Sam Allardyce among the rumoured candidates.

But the 63-year-old revealed to talkSPORT on Tuesday morning that, while he isn’t ready to rule himself out of contention, hasn’t spoken to Everton owner Farhad Moshiri about the vacancy.

“Nothing, at the minute,” Allardyce said when asked for an update on any progress by Jim White, who also asked him whether he’s spoken to Moshiri.

“No, I haven’t,” was the response.

“It’s like everything else, if somebody comes calling, there’s the opportunity to speak, there's no doubt about that,” Allardyce added.

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Everton's first-choice

Allardyce would be a popular appointment - he managed to keep both Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League - but it turns out he isn’t Everton’s first choice.

That’s according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, who claims Moshiri wants to appoint, wait for it, Diego Simeone.

Yes, you heard that correctly. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

“Owner Farhad Moshiri wants Diego Simeone to be Everton manager,” Solhekol wrote on Twitter. “Other more realistic targets: Allardyce & Marco Silva or give it to [caretaker boss David] Unsworth.”

Simeone’s Atletico side are facing the exact same issue this season that they’ve faced for the past three campaigns in Spain - being good, but not quite Barcelona or Real Madrid good - and you wonder whether the Argentinian will consider a change of scenery.

But Everton? He’s much, much better than that.

Here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to the claim.

Unsworth: 'I'm the proudest man in the world'

Unsworth, who has overseen three defeats and two cup exits in his four games in charge, is unsure over his long-term future at Goodison Park.

"I know nothing about it," he said after the 3-2 win over Watford, per BBC Sport.

"Whatever will be will be. I have been the proudest man in the world to take charge for the last two weeks and no-one can take that away from me.”

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