Everton have sacked manager Sam Allardyce after six months amid fan discontent. The manager had a further season on his contract.
Sam Allardyce was brought in last November with Everton on the fringes of a relegation battle and the team finished eighth. He failed to win over the fans, not least because of the style of play, and it comes as little surprise the major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has chosen to dismiss him.
On behalf of the chairman, board of directors and Mr Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months,” read a statement from the club’s soon-to-be new chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale. “Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
“However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately. Again, we’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future.”
It is understood former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva is the main candidate to succeed Allardyce.
The 40-year-old Portuguese was owner Farhad Moshiri’s first choice when he dismissed Dutchman Koeman.
Everton have also been interested in Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca – although he is also a contender to replace David Moyes at West Ham.