LONDON • Everton have ended Sam Allardyce's miserable six-month spell as manager and aim to replace him swiftly with Marco Silva.
The 63-year-old met Farhad Moshiri, Everton's major shareholder, yesterday morning in London and was told in a brief discussion that he did not feature in the club's long-term plans.
He had another year left on the 18-month contract he signed when succeeding Ronald Koeman last November. And, as he obtained a deal with no break clause, he is expected to leave with a £6 million (S$10.9 million) pay-off - around £9 million for six months' work.
The former England manager guided Everton from 13th to eighth in the English Premier League following a turbulent start to the season under Koeman and then caretaker manager David Unsworth.
His managerial style never endeared him to Everton supporters, however, and there was mounting hostility towards Allardyce over the final months of the season.
"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," read a statement from the club's soon-to-be new chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer."
The next manager will be the third appointed by Moshiri since he acquired a 49.9 per cent stake in Everton in February 2016.
The first choice to replace Allardyce is former Hull City and Watford manager Silva, who was sacked by the Vicarage Road club in January after a dramatic downturn in results. That followed what Watford claimed was an "unwarranted approach" by Everton that affected the focus and results of the Portuguese coach.
Watford have made an official complaint to the league over the alleged illegal approach and talks over a compensation package between the two clubs have failed to reach an agreement.
While Silva is out of contract and technically available immediately, the dispute over Everton's approach complicates that process and could lead to arbitration.
Everton are expected to reopen talks this week in a bid to resolve the matter and make a swift appointment in Silva.