Everton Announces Departure of Sam Allardyce

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Everton have confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce, who spent less than a season at Goodison Park, according to ESPN FC.

Allardyce took over at Goodison Park in November but has been removed due, partly, to a high level of fan discontent.

Allardyce’s backroom team of Sammy Lee and Craig Shakespeare will also depart.

CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said, in an official club statement: “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. 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. Again, we’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future.”

Marco Silva and Paulo Fonseca are among the early candidates in line to replace Allardyce.