Sam Allardyce is hoping to make Martyn Margetson his next backroom addition at Everton, with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish seemingly confirming that the Toffees are attempting to prise England's goalkeeping coach away from Selhurst Park.
Allardyce immediately installed right-hand man Sammy Lee as his assistant after finally being appointed as the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman on an 18-month contract last week, with former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare also joining as first-team coach.
Ex-Liverpool fitness guru Dr Ryland Morgans similarly reunited with Allardyce having left Palace following the appointment of Roy Hodgson in September, while 'Big Sam' has also stated his intention to hire a sports psychologist to help improve confidence and performance among his underachieving squad.
Former Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield midfielder Lee Richardson, currently employed by Lancashire County Cricket Club, seems the most likely candidate to fill that role having previously worked with the 63-year-old at both West Ham United and Palace.
Another man to have been with Allardyce at both of those London outfits is Margetson, who joined the Eagles in January 2017 having initially linked up with West Ham in 2011 following a long stint with Cardiff City, the club with whom he ended his playing career and later returned to in 2014.
The ex-Manchester City custodian also became the late Gary Speed's first backroom hire following his appointment as Wales manager and accompanied Chris Coleman's squad to the European Championship in France last summer. Margetson joined Allardyce for his short-lived stint as England chief in August 2016 and was later retained by successor Gareth Southgate.
Palace are set to bank £2m ($2.6m) in compensation as the result of Allardyce returning to work before July 2018 and Parish, speaking in an interview with The Guardian in which he insisted that January transfer funds would be ring-fenced as the club pursue a redevelopment of the main stand at Selhurst Park that could cost £100m, claimed he held no hard feelings towards Allardyce or Everton, despite their attempts to poach the highly-rated Margetson.
"Sam did a great job for us, he was 100% honest for me the entire time he worked for the club," he said. "I was asked by Everton what I thought and I said he was a brilliant manager to work with.
"He feels a bit better about life and this is a different kind of challenge with the ownership they've got. We all know the kind of money they are going to be prepared to spend. I don't begrudge him it. I like the people at Everton and wish him every success. I wish they weren't trying to nick our goalkeeping coach but other than that, I like them."
Former Republic of Ireland international Alan Kelly is Everton's current goalkeeping coach, having been temporarily added to caretaker David Unsworth's staff in October having worked with the Under-23 manager and director of coaching at Preston North End. Previous incumbent Patrick Lodewijks, the initial replacement for Inaki Bergara, left in October along with Ronald and Erwin Koeman and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg.