EVERTON are looking for their fourth permanent manager in two years after Sam Allardyce was sacked.
The 63-year-old was brought in as Ronald Koeman’s replacement in November to steer the club away from potential relegation trouble, eventually guiding the club to eighth in the Premier League.
However, Allardyce was an unpopular choice with fans from the outside and with the atmosphere at Goodison Park becoming toxic in the latter stages of the season as fan discontent grew the Toffees boss has been jettisoned with 12 months still remaining on his contract.
Allardyce was not even major shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s first choice but after failing to lure Marco Silva from Watford, an approach which contributed to the Portuguese’s sacking when results took a nose dive after the Toffees were turned down, he took a pragmatic decision and went with chairman Bill Kenwright’s recommendation.
Silva is now favourite to take over at Goodison after he was dismissed by Watford in January, with the club stating the catalyst for their decision was Everton’s ‘unwarranted approach’ which they felt contributed to a significant deterioration in both focus and results and jeopardised the Hornets’ long-term future.
Everton have already spent £10million paying off Roberto Martinez, the first manager sacked under Moshiri’s ownership, and are still paying a large part of Koeman’s £6million-a-year salary despite him now being Holland coach.
The club will now be liable for £6million to cover the final year of Allardyce’s contract.
Meanwhile, West Ham are looking also for a new manager after confirming David Moyes has left the club.
The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss (pictured above) lifted the Hammers out of the relegation zone after replacing Slaven Bilic on a short-term contract in November.
But an eventual 13th-placed finish, thanks to seven points from their final three matches, was not enough to earn the 55-year-old Scot a new deal.
In echoes of Allardyce’s sacking, many West Ham fans were not happy with Moyes as manager and it seems joint-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have acted accordingly.
Sullivan has reportedly already held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, while he remains a long-term admirer of Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez.
Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, currently with Hebei China Fortune, and outgoing Paris Saint Germain coach Unai Emery have also been linked with the role.