Sam Allardyce says he was not short of offers to bring him out of retirement but he “could not say no” to Everton.
The former England coach was appointed as the Toffees new manager on an 18-month contract on Wednesday, bringing to an end the club’s month-long search for a new boss.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, with the 63-year-old claiming to be content not to return to Premier League management.
But when Everton came calling after accepting Watford’s refusal to part with Marco Silva, Allardyce says it was a simple decision to come back.
“Everton was always going to be a temptation to come out of retirement,” he said during his first press conference. “I have been offered a number of jobs, I got offered more jobs than I’ve ever been offered in my life! Finally Everton came along and it was done within 48 hours.”
“It was a very quick phonecall in Dubai about it being ready to roll. I expected it to be a little bit quicker and it wasn’t, but when the call came and within 48 hours I was here.
“The name of the club says it all. I am mates with Reidy, Paul Bracewell and they eulogise about this club.
“It was extremely difficult for me to move on last time but I couldn’t say no when they came back. I didn’t have a tough decision to make.”
Allardyce could not resist one barb at those who dismissed him just one match into his dream job as England manager in the wake of a newspaper sting, but was otherwise positive about beginning work as Ronald Koeman’s successor.
“I’m delighted I’m the Everton manager. What went on in the past is in the Atlantic Ocean now…water under the bridge,” he said.
“Obviously it will always be there in the back of the mind but it wasn’t my decision. I’m bound to say it’s the wrong one, I think it’s probably been proven it’s the wrong one but life goes on. I’m just delighted to be here.”