Former England boss Sam Allardyce has left his position as manager of English Premier League club Everton.
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.
His side finished eighth in the league but fans have been dismayed by his style of play, which has caused strong speculation around his future.
The news follows a reshuffle at boardroom level for Everton earlier this week and Allardyce’s departure could be the catalyst for more changes in the football department.
However, it may not all be plain sailing as Everton’s attempts to replace Allardyce with Silva could hit some legal difficulties, with Watford previously warning Everton over their attempts to ‘tap up’ the 40-year-old Portuguese manager.
🔵 | Sam Allardyce has left his role as manager.
— Everton (@Everton) May 16, 2018
The next managerial appointment will be a huge one for Everton, with the club set to move into a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which could be a catalyst for greater success on the blue side of Liverpool.
Speaking to evertonfc.com following Allardyce’s departure, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, thanked Allardyce for his work at Goodison Park.
“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. 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.”