Allardyce, Rooney’s Futures Set To Be Decided
Everton are ready to sack Sam Allardyce as their manager and replace him with Marco Silva according to reports.
A number of outlets are claiming that Allardyce could be out of a job in the next 48 hours with former Hull City and Watford boss Silva lined up to replace him.
Silva was Everton’s first choice when Ronald Koeman was sacked at the end of October 2017. But Watford refused to give him permission to speak to the Toffees even though the Portugese coach was keen to take on the job. Silva was sacked by Watford in January with the club citing Everton’s “unwarranted” approach as the reason for his dismissal.
Allardyce is just six months into an 18-month contract at Goodison Park. He has guided the side from relegation candidates to an eighth-place finish. But the 63-year-old won few friends among the club’s support with his management style and some among the club’s hierarchy are looking for a fresh start with fresh ideas.
Sacking Allardyce at this stage would entail paying up the rest of his contract. That would cost the club £6million.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s future is also expected to be decided this week. The former England captain saw his form suffer following Allardyce’s arrival in November and he failed to score in any of his final 16 appearances between Christmas and the end of the season.
MLS side DC United are looking to sign Rooney in a deal worth around £12.5million. Report suggest that all parties are hoping for some sort of decision by the middle of this week. On the face of it, there isn’t much to hurry the deal along as Rooney would be unable to play for DC before the MLS mid-season transfer window opens in July.
It remains to be seen whether Rooney’s future is dependent on that of Allardyce.