Everton set to axe Sam Allardyce and snap up Marco Silvaby Jack Kitson / 15 May 2018, 09:57Tweet
Everton will be hoping that it’s third time lucky as they attempt to lure long-standing target Marco Silva over to Goodison Park this summer.
The Guardian reports that the Toffees are planning to give Sam Allardyce the boot, and replace him with his rival Silva, who they twice attempted to poach from Watford last season.
Both approaches were unsuccessful, but given that Silva is now unemployed, he’ll no doubt jump at the chance to return to the Premier League, should Everton come knocking at his door.
News that will make Big Sam’s blood boil.
The duo were involved in a verbal spat last season when Allardyce questioned Silva’s managerial credentials, only for the Portuguese coach to fire back with:
"Go and see what he (Allardyce) was doing when he was 40 years old, or see what he was doing in his first seven seasons as a coach.
"Then look at what I am doing at the same age - or you can wait until I am 63 years old, and then we can compare what I have done."
Allardyce, who has a year remaining on his 18-month contract, is set to discover his fate in the next few days after he revealed on Sky Sports News that he has a meeting scheduled with Farhad Moshiri, and in truth all signs point to an exit before the week it out.
The veteran gaffer, 63, replaced Ronald Koeman last autumn and went on to steer the previously struggling Merseyside outfit to a decent 8th place finish, however it’s fair to say that the majority of fans have never warmed to him personally, or his style of football.
And it’s difficult to see supporters changing this viewpoint anytime soon.
A new direction seems inevitable, with Silva now the odds-on favourite for the job, followed by Paulo Fonseca, Louis van Gaal, and Arsene Wenger, while Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche are both available at 25/1.
On the plus side Allardyce’s bank balance will reap of the rewards of an early pay-off, with a reported £6million set to hurled his way.
Everton are set to give Sam Allardyce the boot and replace him with his nemesis Marco Silva (The Guardian).— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 15, 2018
We can only imagine how Big Sam will take the news...pic.twitter.com/9JSSZRhuL5