Sam Allardyce had to stay in England as he has to attend a medical appointment but he will have a final word in making Everton’s starting eleven for the match against Apollon Limassol away from home, according to Shakespeare.
Craig Shakespeare, the assistant coach, will be in charge of the team as Sam Allardyce will be missing but as Everton are already out from the Europa League, it’s not a big issue. The former Leicester City coach insisted that he will be in the coaching area giving instructions to the team but he will be ready to listen to Sam Allardyce and listen to him.
The Englishman spoke about this unusual situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It’s a bit more inclusive than that. Directions from the manager, of course, he picks the team, the tactics, but he’ll always ask for opinions. I’ll speak to him tomorrow morning and find out what he wants to do. I have no problem with it, of course, when the game is going on you can get wrapped up in the situation but I’ll get some clarity on that.”
He also added that he can get to know the player a bit better like that: “I don’t see it like that. It’s an opportunity for the players. When you come into any new club you form impressions about players, they form opinions about you. It’s an opportunity for me to get to know the players better, and for them to get to know me as well.”
Morgan Schienederlin, the French midfielder, admitted that it’s a great chance for him to make his way back to the squad: “I want to prove myself in every game. It’s up to me to show what I can do and that I can make a difference for the team.”