English club side, Everton, have confirmed that manager, Sam Allardyce, has left the club after almost six months in charge.
In a statement by the club director Denise Barrett-Baxendale on Wednesday, Everton thanked the 63-year-old who joined the Blues when they were 13th place on the Premier League table, five points above the relegation zone, and was tasked with taking the club further away from the drop zone.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Allardyce has been heavily criticised by fans for his management and Everton’s style of play since he took over the club despite guiding the club to finish the season in 8th position.
The English professional coach had another year remaining on the 18-month contract he signed when succeeding Ronald Koeman last November and will be paid the vast majority of the final 12 months of his contract, estimated to be around £6m.
Former Watford manager Marco Silva is understood to be Everton’s preferred choice to replace him.