Allardyce sacked as Everton manager

Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager of Everton on Wednesday after just 6 months in charge despite guiding the EPL 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 Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park 6 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.

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