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Published: 11:04 | 16/5/18

Everton sack Allardyce after just six months in charge

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has been sacked just six months into an 18-month contract.

The 63-year-old took over from Ronald Koeman with the Merseyside club 13th in the table and guided them to safety eventually finishing eighth.

He was unbeaten in his first six games in charge also gave them their one and only win in their doomed Europa League group stage campaign, but fans were critical throughout his tenure and voiced their disapproval at his cautious style of play.

Everton had just 213 shots in the Premier League since his appointment - the fewest of any club.

The club were forced to apologise after it was revealed that it circulated a questionnaire to fans asking them to rate his managerial ability.

Allardyce was told of the decision by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri in London on the day that the former England manager could have been naming the squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Ex-Watford boss Marco Silva is believed to be the No.1 target for Everton to replace Allardyce.

The Portuguese was first choice when still at the Hornets before the Toffees appointed Allardyce, but they would not let him leave and Everton may still have to pay compensation to secure him.

Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale thanked Allardyce for his service, and said: "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".

Allardyce’s backroom team of Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson are also set to leave the Goodison Park club.

Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19 May, a game that will be shown live on BT Sport 2 [kick-off 5.15pm Irish time].

Images: Getty/ Clive Brunskill

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