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Everton have announced that Sam Allardyce will leave the Liverpool club after seven months in charge of the Toffees and stirring them to an 8th place finish, five points behind Burnley for the final European slot.
Everton CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “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.”
Allardyce took over the reigns at Goodison Park after Dutch manager Ronald Koeman left the club in disarray after a poor start to the season, £140m spent in the Summer and without a win in the Europa League Group Stages. Many believed the Toffees had enough to challenge for the Top 4 at the start of the season.
Despite stabilising the club and picking up the 34 points from 24 games in charge, many Evertonians were dissatisfied by the former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham boss’ safety first style of play and lack of ownership for any tactical decisions made in critical losses. Seeing the Red-side of Merseyside thriving under Jurgen Klopp with a gung-ho, all-out attacking style of play only added fuel to the fire for many supporters who consistently chanted for the removal for Allardyce in the later part of the season.
While many will feel the sacking was harsh considering the job Allardyce was brought into do, at the time, the club wanted to bring in Marco Silva who was at Watford or Shakhtar Donetsk boss, Paulo Fonseca, as the men who would have given the club the attractive brand of football demanded by the Toffee faithful. Big Sam had leverage on the club, at times during his tenure you could tell he knew he wouldn’t last longer than the end of the season.
Regardless of your opinion of the sacking, Big Sam is the clear winner as the Guardian reports the Former England boss will be entitled to a “£6m pay-off means he will make around £9m for six months’ work”.
Marco Silva to Be the Next Permanent Everton Manager @ 7/20 – BET NOW
Currently the former Hull City, Watford and Sporting Club De Portugal boss, Marco Silva, is the frontrunner in the race to be the next man in the Goodison dugout priced at 7/20.. Silva was the man the Everton board were after towards the end of 2017, but Watford refused to let the Portuguese manager speak to the club.
Silva was sacked in January with the Hornets sighting the “unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival” that caused “significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised”.
Silva’s record after the Everton approach spoke for itself, Watford won once in eleven games with the manager’s head clearly on other priorities. Everton have bigger aims than Watford and will be eager for European football again next season and Allardyce’s side lacking any kind of tactic nuance bar how to stop a ball from going into the net. Effective? Yes, the points don’t lie. Exciting? Far from it.
Silva offers a strong attention to detail and tactical intelligence which has made him hot property on these shores, despite the initially reservations following his appointment to Hull City in early 2017.
Paulo Fonseca to Be the Next Permanent Everton Manager @ 25/1 – BET NOW
Current Shakhtar Donetsk manager, Paulo Fonseca is another front-runner for the job at Everton. Fonseca has established a cult following among those who are fans of European football as his brand of attacking football is as exhilarating as it is intelligent. The Toffees clearly had the Borussia Dortmund/Shakhtar model in mind when splashed 140m on primarily young, exciting talent with the aim being they play bright, attacking football that Ronald Koeman looked the perfect fit for.
Fonseca has been vocal for a while about his desire to manager in the Premier League and his Champions League experience is exactly what the Blue side of Merseyside need to match their lofty ambitions as a club.
The Ukrainian Club manager comes with a strong record including a 77.53% win rate at Shakhtar, as well as a solid record at Portuguese side Braga, winning a domestic cup in his season as Manager and guiding them to a fourth place finish behind the big three in that league, Sporting, Benfica and Porto.
West Ham have also showed strong interest in the 45-year-old manager, with reports stating he has held positive talks with the club. However, in recent days he has signed a new contract with the Ukrainian side, clearly swayed by Champions League football, something that is nothing but a pip dream for West Ham and Everton.
David Moyes To Be The Next Permanent Everton Manager @ 12/1 - BET NOW
Not long after it was announced that Big Sam will be leaving Everton, former Everton Manager, David Moyes, was announced to be leaving West Ham immediately which since has sent his odds skyrocket to 12/1 to make a return to Goodison Park. David Moyes enjoyed 11 years on Merseyside between 2002 - 2013 guided the Toffees to a Champions League slot back in 2005. However, since leaving Goodison for Manchester united in 2013, his stock has fallen dramatically after lasting just nine month in charge at Old Trafford and the Scotsman has had unsuccessful spells in Spain with Real Sociedad and guided Sunderland to relegation in the 2016/17 season.
His tenure at West Ham could be argued as a success, ensuring the Hammers avoided the drop and regardless of the off-field antics surrounding club, on the pitch he stablised a club that was left in tatters by Slavan Bilic. His man-managment ensured he got the best out of inconsistent forward, Marko Aunoutovic, who thrived under Moyes in the second half of the Premier league season.
Everton fans would welcome their former manager back with open arms, but appointing Moyes could be argued as a step-sideways rather than forwards for the Blues who have ambitions of cracking that Top Six and establishing themselves as a consistent European club.
Marco Silva – 7/20
Louis Van Gaal – 9/1
David Moyes - 12/1
Unai Emery - 16/1
Brendan Rodgers - 22/1
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