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Big Sam relishing challenge of propelling Everton upwards

By Robert Jones

Sam Allardyce says he is "enthused and energised" about returning to management with Everton.

The 63-year-old former England boss has signed a deal until June 2019 to become the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, sacked in October with the club - who host Huddersfield tomorrow - 18th in the Premier League.

Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May.

"The ambition of the club, allied to all the fantastic history, has proved to be key for me," he said.

"Obviously the club has gone through a difficult spell, and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again," he added.

"Whatever's happened before we've just got to all rally around together.

"I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager."

• Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his dismissal against Swansea on Wednesday.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half of Chelsea's 1-0 victory after furiously protesting against the award of a Swansea goal-kick.

He later apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason but has been charged. He has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond.

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