Craig Shakespeare: 'Sam Allardyce absence for Everton Europa game is not ideal'

Everton youngster Morgan Feeney is expected to play against Apollon Limassol
Everton youngster Morgan Feeney is expected to play against Apollon Limassol

08 Diciembre, 2017

After that it is the manager's decision.

First-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson will take charge of the team for the trip.

Joel Robles, Morgan Schneiderlin, Davy Klaassen, Muhamed Besic, Kevin Mirallas, Nikola Vlasic, Ademola Lookman and Beni Baningime are reportedly the only senior players involved, meaning there could be as many as eight debutants.

'We want to win the game and finish the campaign on a good note. His first task must surely be to unite the dressing room and fans behind him.

Allardyce oversaw a 2-0 victory in his first match at the helm on Saturday as Everton saw off Huddersfield Town to climb into the top half of the table for the first time since August.

Structurally, questions must be asked about the hierarchy and rumours of tension between Chairman Bill Kenwright and majority-owner Farhad Moshiri are to be expected.

The French midfielder fell out of favour under David Unsworth but is determined to show Sam Allardyce he is worth regular inclusion from now on.

"The overall result was the most pleasing thing".

A lease agreed on the ground for a new stadium can only add to Everton's future prospects but challenging for trophies must be a long-term goal.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Under-21 international Harry Charsley makes his Everton debut in this evening's Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol.

The Toffees named a younger starting line-up against BATE Borisov in 2009 when their place in the last 32 had already been assured, and while they selected a youthful team this time because they had already been eliminated, a win meant they at least avoided finishing bottom.

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