Sam Allardyce has been sacked by Everton after six months following fan discontent. The manager a season left on his contract.

‘Big Sam’ Allardyce was brought in last November with Everton on the fringes of a relegation battle and the team finished eighth but he failed to win over the fans.

Marco Silva, the former Watford manager who Everton targeted after sacking Ronald Koeman, is believed to be the frontrunner to become the club’s new manager.

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“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,” read a statement from the club’s soon-to-be new chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale. “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.