Marco Silva Firm Favourite To Take Over As Everton Boss
Everton have confirmed that Sam Allardyce has stepped down as the club’s manager. Allardyce was appointed in December following the sacking of Ronald Koeman at the end of October. But despite guiding the club to eighth place following a flirtation with the relegation zone earlier in the season his style of play didn’t endear him to the club’s fans. Allardyce leaves after little more than half a season in charge of the Merseyside club.
“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,” board member Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement on the club’s official website on Wednesday morning.
“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.”
Allardyce was under contract until the end of next season and his departure is likely to result in a £6million payment from the Toffees as they pay
Former Watford and Hull City boss Marco Silva is the hot favourite to succeed Allardyce. The Portugese coach was approached by Everton last November following Koeman’s departure. However, Watford refused permission for him to speak to the Toffees. Silva was sacked by Watford in January and Everton’s approach to him was put down as a contributory factor by the Hornets.