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Everton protected from financial blow if Allardyce sacked (sort of!)

Everton are protected from a major financial blow should they sack manager Sam Allardyce and his backroom team.

The Mirror says if a change is made then Allardyce will have earned a cool £9m for a six-month stint in the job.

Yet the backroom staff he has recruited to work alongside him at Goodison – assistant manager Craig Shakespeare, coach Sammy Lee, keeper coach Martyn Margetson and performance director Rylands Morgans – will only get minimal pay-offs if they are also released.

Allardyce got the deal he wanted when Moshri asked him to guide the club away from the relegation zone following Ronald Koeman's sacking and the worry that Under-23s boss David Unsworth was not yet ready for the top job after a temporary spell in charge.

He was also given the freedom to recruit his own coaching staff on the understanding that Everton would not be liable to pay huge sums in compensation should they depart.

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