Sam Allardyce said he was disappointed at his sacking from Everton but knew it was coming after media speculation over his departure reached fever pitch .

The 63 – year -old was jettisoned after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park after a short meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Wednesday .

The former England manager was brought in as Ronald Koeman’s replacement in November but his rudimentary style of play proved deeply unpopular with fans of the Merseyside.

“I ’m surprised how it came about . It seemed to be done and dusted through the media before I met Farhad ,” he told talkSPORT radio .

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“I think it was out there in the open for a couple of days . That leaves you with the certainty of what was going to happen .

“It was slightly disappointing . Who was involved in that I couldn ’t tell you, but something as delicate as that is something you want to be confidential . ”