Premier League club Everton have sacked manager Sam Allardyce after six months at the Merseyside club.
Allardyce, 63, was told in a meeting Wednesday morning with Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, that he did not feature in the club’s long-term plans.
The former England manager had another year remaining on the 18-month contract he signed when succeeding Ronald Koeman last November.
“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.”
After a turbulent start to the season under erstwhile manager Ronald Koeman, Big Sam guided the team from 13th to eighth on the log, but his managerial style never endeared him to Everton supporters.
A master of keeping clubs up in the Prem, Allardyce is expected to leave with a £6m pay-off, bringing his total pay at the club to around £9m for six months’ work. Not bad, given the ‘jungle football’ he favours. Lol
Moshiri’s first choice to replace Allardyce is former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, who was sacked at Vicarage Road in January after a dramatic downturn in results.