Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Everton announce Allardyce's departure

Everton announce Allardyce's departure

Everton manager Sam Allardyce launches a scathing attack on the club's board after they failed to inform him and his staff about sweeping changes to the hierarchy.

Despite lifting the club from 13th in the Premier League when he took over to eighth finish, Allardyce, a former England boss, could never win over a large section of the Everton fanbase.

The club announced the news on their official website on Wednesday morning amid strong rumours that the Toffees are interested in talking to former Watford manager Marco Silva.

The 40-year-old Portuguese was the preferred choice for owner Farhad Moshiri when Ronald Koeman was shown the exit door.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca has also been linked with Everton as well as West Ham, while Louis van Gaal, Andre Villas-Boas, Sergio Conceicao, Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe are other names reportedly in the frame.

Allardyce lasted seven months at Everton after signing an 18-month deal with the northwest club in late November when it was near the relegation zone.

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However, he was booed by fans following his side's 2-1 defeat at Burnley in March, and was again criticised after their draw with Swansea six weeks later.

Speaking on April 27, he said: "We discussed plans for next season yesterday with Farhad Moshiri".

Wayne Rooney's future at the club was reported to have rested on whether Allardyce would be manager next season. "The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised".

Speaking to evertonfc.com following Allardyce's departure, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, thanked Allardyce for his work at Goodison Park.

"I've done all that I can, the backroom staff have done all that they can, and the players have done all that they can".

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