On Wednesday morning, Everton sacked veteran boss Sam Allardyce. The 63-year-old held a meeting with the Toffees majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Wednesday morning, in which the former England boss was told that his services will no longer be required.
Allardyce still has 12 months of an 18-month contract left to run, which reportedly means that the former England boss will receive around £6million in compensation. Backroom staff Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and Martyn Margetson have also left the club with immediate effect.
Fans unhappy with Allardyce
Allardyce was never a popular choice amongst the fans of the Merseyside club. However, the Everton hierarchy appointed the former England boss to sustain the Toffees Premier League status.
However, despite the team’s nightmare start, the Toffees were 13th place and five points above the relegation zone when Allardyce first took charge of the team. In reality, Allardyce took charge in November, so has had six months to prove his worth.
While Everton have finished eighth-place in the table, the side from Merseyside has played some dreadful football under Allardyce, who has a reputation for playing rather industrial football. However, it is the 63-year-old’s attitude that has perturbed fans of the Merseyside club too.
At times, he has taken credit for wins, but deflected the blame from himself for the team’s poor displays, often directing the blame towards the players. He has also made some ridiculous comments about the club that have offended the Toffees fanbase. In short, there will be a party on the blue side of Merseyside this evening after the news was announced earlier today.
Who will next the next man in the Toffees dugout?
A number of bosses have been linked with the Everton job, even before Allardyce’s exit, as the decision seems to have been in the pipeline for a good while. The current red-hot favourite for the job is former Watford boss Marco Silva.
The Portuguese boss was the favourite to be named Everton boss prior to Allardyce’s appointment in November. However, Watford refused the former Olympiakos boss permission to speak to the Merseysiders. The Hornets even made a complaint to the Premier League, which is yet to be resolved.
Ironically, Everton’s reported interest in Silva led to the Hornets form dropping dramatically and eventually led to the Hornets sacking their highly rated Portuguese boss. The Hornets official complain may interfere with the Toffees attempting to appoint Silva once again this summer.
Another name believed to be in the frame for the job is Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca. The 45-year-old has won his won the domestic double for the second straight season in Ukraine but is out of contract with Shakhtar. However, if the Toffees wish to make Fonseca their new boss, they will have to move quickly, as West Ham are also reportedly interested in employing the Portuguese boss.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, a lifelong Everton fan, has also reportedly emerged as another potential target. Howe is rated as one of the best young up and coming bosses in the English game having established the Cherries as a Premier League club in recent seasons.
Whoever takes over next at Everton, this summer promises to be another exciting and change-filled one for long-suffering fans of the club from Merseyside.
Who should be appointed as the next Everton boss?