Craig Shakespeare: 'Sam Allardyce absence for Everton Europa game is not ideal'

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

With Everton's fate in the group already determined and Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool to prepare for, assistant manager Sammy Lee has also not made the trip and will work with the players who have not travelled.

Everton's dismal Europa League campaign comes to a close tonight as the Toffees come up against Apollon Limassol and Craig Shakespeare is manager for the night as Sam Allardyce misses the trip to Cyprus because of "a prior medical arrangement". Everton summer signings Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez were left out for the win over Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, and both could be given the opportunity to prove their worth on Thursday.

Bellew's beloved Everton have struggled defensively this season, with Stoke and Swansea the only teams to have conceded more and the boxer is concerned for how they will fair in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Asked if the opportunity is an audition, Shakespeare said: "I don't see it like that", he said. It is not ideal.

"I will speak to him and find out what he wants to do". Management and players, a fresh start.

"I will start, I haven't had the chance to play the last three games and it is going to be up to me to show what I can do and that I can make a difference to the team".

Sacked from his only permanent managerial job two months ago, Shakespeare is not focusing on the possibility of being a number one again having joined Allardyce's coaching staff when the former England boss was appointed last week.

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