Liverpool - Sam
Allardyce was sacked as manager of Everton on Wednesday after just six
months in charge despite guiding the Premier League club away from
relegation danger to a mid-table finish.
The former England manager, 63, was brought in as Ronald Koeman's
replacement in November, but his rudimentary style of play has proved
deeply unpopular with fans of the Merseyside club.
"We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we
will be appointing a new manager this summer," said new chief executive
"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."
"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," she
Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to
take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park six months after
the club failed to prise him away from Vicarage Road.
Despite signing an 18-month deal, Allardyce appeared resigned to his
fate after Sunday's 3-1 defeat at former club West Ham, during which
Everton supporters called for his sacking.
"I can't quite say confident after all the rumours I'm reading in the
paper," said Allardyce, when questioned about his future. "Generally
there's no smoke without fire. We'll wait and see when we meet up."
Allardyce last month dismissed a survey sent to supporters asking
them to grade his performance out of 10 as a mistake on the part of the
club's marketing director, who he said does not "understand" how
As part of the questionnaire, supporters were asked whether they
agree with the statement: "I have a high level of trust in the current
manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions
to get the best out of the team."
Allardyce, whose previous clubs include Bolton, Newcastle, Sunderland
and Crystal Palace, landed his dream job with England in 2016 but that
turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down following
a newspaper sting.
Everton were unwilling to pay a reported compensation fee of £15
million wanted by Watford for Silva when Koeman was
However, Silva himself was then dismissed by Watford in January with
the Hornets citing disruption caused by Everton's "unwarranted approach"
for a major dip in form.
A change in manager could also affect Wayne Rooney's future at the club.
England's all-time top scorer had reportedly agreed terms on a £12.5 million move to DC United in Major League Soccer last week.
Rooney had seen his involvement limited under Allardyce, but could be convinced to stay at his boyhood club by a new regime.