Former England Manager Sam Allardyce has left Everton only 6 months into an 18 month contract after increased scrutiny into his management and Everton’s style of play since he took over mid season.
The 63 year old had was brought in last November, signed a contract until June 2019, taking over from the departing Ronald Koeman after a dreadful start to the season.
On making the announcement the club have stated the decision to let Allardyce go was part of their “longer term plan” although Everton’s new Chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale who only took over the role from Robert Elstone yesterday was quick to thank the former England manager for his efforts which saw the club jump from 13th in the league when he arrived to 8th were they eventually finished the season.
He then went on to say:
“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.”
Another factor which is also thought to have been a deciding factor in Allardyce’s dismissal is the news that former England captain Wayne Rooney had agreed in principle a contract worth £12.5m with Major league Soccer side DC United after becoming increasingly frustrated with his new role under Allradyce, refusing to talk with the club until the managerial situation had been decided.
On hearing the news of his departure Allardyce was quick to respond to the way the club had decided to release the information stating to the Liverpool Echo that he was” Disgusted” by the clubs decision to make the news public without informing him first:
“I'm shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn't have the decency to tell me, my director of football and my staff about the changes,” said Allardyce. “They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time, but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.”
With Allardyce now out of the way it is thought the club will make a move for former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva, who is believed was the first choice of Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri when they dismissed Koeman in November.
Another possible contender for the job is current Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca, although Everton may have a fight on their hands for his signature as he is also believed to be a contender for the position at West Ham following David Moyle’s recent dismissal.