LONDON: Sam Allardyce was on Wednesday sacked as manager of Premier League side Everton after just six months and despite guiding them away from trouble to an eighth-placed finish, the club announced.
The 63-year-old had come under fire from fans over the route one style of play and former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was rumoured to want to move if Allardyce stayed. The favourite to replace Allardyce, who had a year remaining on his contract, is believed to be former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva. The 40-year-old Portuguese was owner Farhad Moshiri’s first choice when he dismissed Dutchman Ronald Koeman after a disastrous start to the campaign. However, their pursuit proved fruitless and only prompted Watford’s form to fall away and led to Silva being sacked himself in January with Watford citing an “unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival”.