Allardyce set for axe as Everton manager

Allardyce set for axe as Everton manager

Despite a doing a solid job, the 63-year-old Allardyce had fallen out with a large majority of Everton's fans who were not impressed with his management style.

"We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer", said new chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson believes Sam Allardyce was a victim of Everton's bloated expectations and did a better job than he is being given credit for. "Generally there's no smoke without fire".

He took over after a poor start to the season under Dutchman Koeman left the club in the relegation zone with two wins from nine matches.

Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park six months after the club failed to prise him away from Vicarage Road.

Allardyce took over the reins on November 30 a year ago, six months after leaving a similarly short stint at Crystal Palace.

Allardyce stabilised the club and helped them finish the campaign in a respectable eighth position.

Watford have claimed that illegal negotiations were held between Silva and Everton after the Merseysiders sacked Ronald Koeman in October, a meeting which formed part of the grounds for which Silva was dismissed for in January.

The report claims that the most likely scenario would be a suitable compensation figure reached for Everton to pay to their Premier League rivals.

Wayne Rooney's future at the club was reported to have rested on whether Allardyce would be manager next season.

Asked about Everton's current situation, Stubbs told talkSPORT host Jim White: "I'm pretty sure they have someone in mind".

Rooney had seen his involvement limited under Allardyce, but could be convinced to stay at his boyhood club by a new regime.