Sam Allardyce wants to play a “winning brand” of football with Everton – and says he is "delighted" to be joining a “club of this magnitude and size, and with this history”.
Allardyce was appointed as Everton’s new boss this week and admitted he “could not say no”, when asked to take over at Goodison Park.
The 63-year-old watched on as the Toffees thumped his former team West Ham United 4-0 on Wednesday night, before officially assuming the Club's helm the following day.
He was contacted by the Blues' hierarchy to become the new boss while in Dubai – and, despite having announced his retirement after leaving Crystal Palace in May, revealed the lure of Everton proved irresistible.
“It is Everton, the name of the club says it all,” said Allardyce. “I am big mates with (ex-Everton trio) Reidy (Peter Reid), Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell. And they eulogise about this football club.
“The coaching staff here talk about the Club with great affection. I could not say ‘no’, I did not have a tough decision to make.
“It was a very quick phone call when I was in Dubai, saying it was ‘ready to roll’.
“Everton was always going to be a temptation to come out of retirement and take up the challenge. I was offered more jobs when I said I had retired than I had ever been offered in my life.
“Then Everton came along and it was done within 48 hours, even with me being in Dubai.
“The phone call came from Everton and brought a great end to that holiday. I flew back and came straight from the airport to see an outstanding performance against West Ham on Wednesday.
“I am delighted to come into a club of this magnitude, size and history.”
Allardyce identified plenty of reasons for optimism in the character the Blues summoned to swat aside West Ham, in the immediate wake of heavy defeats by Atalanta and Southampton.
The former Bolton Wanderers boss will take charge of Everton for the first time when Huddersfield Town visit Goodison on Saturday.
He is aiming to use the midweek success over the Hammers as a launchpad for a strong second half of the season – and insists he intends to implement a brand of football which would meet with every Evertonians’ approval.
“A winning brand, hopefully,” said Allardyce, when asked about the style of play he intended to instil at his new club.
“But that will be determined by the players producing their best performances within the context of the team we are playing, so we cannot play the same way every game.
"That would be naïve, so we set out to look out at the opponent’s weaknesses and make sure we nullify their strengths – and if we do that in the right manner, and make less mistakes than the opposition, we have a good chance of winning.
“It is my job to get Everton moving back in the right direction, then back in the European places, and (to an) FA Cup final.
“But, first and foremost, the job is to get the team back to winning ways. To get them back to playing as well as they can, consistently.
“Hopefully, that will happen tomorrow (against Huddersfield). I was so impressed on Wednesday night. To come back after the two previous results shows we have an outstanding character.”
Wayne Rooney returned to Everton's side in some style in midweek, the Toffees' captain bagging a hat-trick against David Moyes’ West Ham from a deep-lying midfield position, having sat out the previous two Premier League matches.
The 32-year-old completed his treble with a howitzer of a strike from his own half and Allardyce admitted he was spellbound by the former England skipper’s consummate all-round display.
He was nonetheless equally pleased to see his side record their second clean sheet of the campaign – and first since the opening day win over Stoke City.
“It was an outstanding performance (from Rooney),” said Allardyce. “Wayne has set his standard again – now he has to try to live up to that standard.
“He has outstanding quality. You could see that in the way he drifted into the box for the second goal, and then the way he took his third goal.
“It was a performance we needed to stop the run we were on. And there were many outstanding performances.
“And most importantly, for me, it was only the second clean sheet we have achieved. Everybody knows the defensive solidarity of any team defines the success of a football club.”