Marco Silva expected to replace sacked Sam Allardyce at Everton

by Jack Kitson / 16 May 2018, 10:11

Sam Allardyce has left his position at Everton after six months in charge, as he didn’t fit in with the club’s “long-term plan”.

Former Watford manager Marco Silva remains the odds-on favourite to replace Allardyce, although an appointment could be delayed due to his compensation struggles with the Hornets.

Everton axed Ronald Koeman back in October, then endured a frustrating search for his replacement, during which they were twice swatted away by Watford in their pursuit of Silva.

In the end the Toffees opted for Big Sam who signed an 18-month contract.

Allardyce went on to lead the Toffees clear of safety to an 8th place finish, however fans never took to the former England boss, and now Everton have opted to cut short his tenure as they look to move in a different direction, with Silva expected to bag the job.

New Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement on the club’s website:

“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. 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.”

Silva has been out of work since January when he lost his job at Watford, who blamed Everton’s approaches for the Portuguese coach’s downfall.

He is currently the hot favourite to make his return with Everton, while Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca is also in the frame, alongside Louis van Gaal, whereas a┬ácertain David Moyes is now free… .

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