Everton sack Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has been relieved on his duties as Everton manager after only six months in charge, the club have confirmed.

The former-England manager took charge at Goodison Park in November following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman, signing a contract until June 2019.

Allardyce took the Toffees from 13th to an eight place finish this past season.

However, he was unpopular with the fans for his style of football and it seemed only a matter of time before he would be dismissed by Everton.  That news has been confirmed today.

A statement on the club’s website quoted Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale as saying:

“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.”

Everton won 10 Premier League matches under Sam Allardyce, drawing eight and losing six.  He took over from interim manager David Unsworth who himself had to guide the Toffees out of the relegation zone after just two wins in nine matches to start the season.

The Premier League side were also humiliated in their early exit from the Europa League group stage under Koeman and Unsworth.

Marco Silva is the bookmakers’ early favourite to replace Allardyce at Everton.  The former-Watford manager had been strongly linked with a move to the club back in October but the Hornets refused to let him go.  Silva was later dismissed by the Hertfordshire club in January.