What The Papers Say - 2 November

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Today's Everton coverage is primarily split between previews of tonight's Europa League match in Lyon and ongoing speculation over who will fill the Toffees manager's post.

The Daily Mail and Daily Star are two of the newspapers claiming Everton have held preliminary discussions with Sam Allardyce, with a view to appointing the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham boss until the end of the season.

David Unsworth is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying his hopes of landing the role on a permanent basis hinge on the clash with Lyon tonight and Sunday's Premier League encounter with Watford, a match Unsworth describes as a "cup final".

The Mirror also claims ex-Chelsea, Holland and South Korea manager Guus Hiddink has been "sounded out" about his interest in the Toffees' job, although the same paper suggests Sean Dyche could be installed in the Goodidson hotseat as soon as next Monday.

Unsworth's decision to leave the trio of Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines out of his squad for today's match in France is covered in a host of publications, including the Daily Telegraph, which also features Ashley Williams admitting Everton's players felt responsible for Ronald Koeman losing his job.

Williams' insistence that Everton are determined to beat Lyon in order to inject some momentum into their campaign is highlighted by a number of papers.

Elsewhere, former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Ince is in the Daily Express slamming Joey Barton for comments the talkSPORT pundit made about Unsworth at the weekend. Ince says he is "disgusted" by Barton's "disgraceful" and "stupid" remarks.

The Liverpool Echo, meanwhile, includes articles on a range of Everton issues and highlights Unsworth's assertion in his pre-match press conference that victory over Lyon could help propel the Blues towards the Europa League's knockout stages.

The Hertfordshire Mercury also picks up on Unsworth likening the weekend meeting with Watford to a cup final, as that paper starts to turn its attentions towards the Hornets' visit to Goodison Park.

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