Everton have confirmed that they have parted ways with Sam Allardyce, following a meeting between the manager and owner Farhad Moshiri this morning. The decision is rumoured to have been made during an Everton board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, with former Watford boss Marco Silva tipped as a likely replacement.
Putting aside Allardyce’s disastrous stint as England manager, taking the reigns at Goodison Park was undoubtedly the biggest job that Big Sam had ever encountered. Hoping to abandon his image as the Premier League’s ultimate escape artist, Allardyce was keen on obtaining a long term contract with the Toffees, but after just six months, the 63-year-old now finds himself out of a job once again.
Big Sam’s arrival at Goodison Park completely spilt fans from day one. While many were eager for the club to appoint a nuts and bolts manager that would repair the damage left behind by Ronald Koeman, a number of Everton fans viewed Allardyce as a significant step in the wrong direction. Owner Farhad Moshiri had promised a more proactive approach in Everton’s mission to crack the ‘Big Six’, and Allardyce did not seem to fit in with these grand ambitions.
“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,” said Deputy CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
“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.”
Big Sam is yet to comment on his dismissal, but its safe to assume that the 63-year-old will take a long break from football management. After leaving his role as manager of Crystal Palace at the end of the 2016/17 season, Allardyce said that he had “no ambition to take another job”. The Everton role was perhaps too big to turn down. The next offer will not be.