Allardyce immediately relieved as Everton manager

Carrie Guzman
May 16, 2018

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

Allardyce lasted seven months at Everton after signing an 18-month deal with the northwest club in late November when it was near the relegation zone.

Evertonians tolerated his arrival but did not welcome his receiving an extra year on his contract, demanding the club pursue a manager perceived as more ambitious in style at the end of this campaign.

At times, he has taken credit for wins, but deflected the blame from himself for the team's poor displays, often directing the blame towards the players.

He added: "Granted it wasn't pretty but neither were the signings they made". Diminishing ambition - even if it is hard to meet that expectation - has never sat well on the blue half of Merseyside.

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Who will next the next man in the Toffees dugout?

Just as was the case before Allardyce's appointment, Marco Silva is the early frontrunner, although fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, Sergio Conceicao and even Bill Kenwright favourite Eddie Howe can not be ruled out. However, Watford refused the former Olympiakos boss permission to speak to the Merseysiders. They have since issued a formal complaint to the Premier League, but it is not likely to escalate any further.

Watford "remain furious" that Everton's interest a year ago unsettled Silva and a poor run of form led to his sacking in January. Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is one of the names in the frame for the job.

The Portuguese was sacked by the Hornets after an strategy from Everton final season led to disunity within the squad.

He is currently the hot favourite to make his return with Everton, while Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca is also in the frame, alongside Louis van Gaal, whereas a certain David Moyes is now free.... If that appointment had gone wrong, Everton would likely have faced the same fate as West Brom, Stoke, and Swansea after their own replacements backfired.

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