Everton Sack Sam Allardyce After 6 Months

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Everton have sacked Sam Allardyce after just 6 months in charge. Brought in to right the ship after the sacking of Ronald Koeman, Allardyce moved Everton up to 8th in the table by seasons end. The move paves the way for the expected appointment of Marco Silva.

Big Sam Allardyce To The Rescue Again

Sam Allardyce Gives His First Presser As Everton Manager
Sam Allardyce Gives His First Presser As Everton Manager

Over the course of his career, managing small teams, and the teams at the lower end of the top flight, Allardyce has made a career out of keeping teams up. Always underappreciated by fans, he has never been relegated. in 2015/16 he kept Sunderland in the top flight. In 2016/17 he kept Crystal Palace in the top flight, and this year he added Everton. Allardyce takes teams in trouble and saves them from themselves. Then he moves on.

It was well known he wasn’t Everton’s first choice, so he cleverly negotiated an 18-month contract instead of the 6-month contract the club preferred. Consequently, Everton have to but him out of the remainder of his contract and Sam gets to take a long holiday before stepping in to save another club next Christmas.

Everton fans were unhappy with the style of play under Allardyce, despite the fact he led them to 8th, just one spot below their realistic high point. With the top-6 largely set, it is hard to see Everton breaking into that group. They don’t have a top end striker, the midfield needs work, and their defense is seriously aging. Koeman added Pickford and Keane, but much more needs to be done if they want to move into the top 6.

What Next For Everton

Marco Silva Is Expected To Replace Allardyce
Marco Silva Is Expected To Replace Allardyce © Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Everton are widely expected to appoint former Watford manager Marco Silva  in the coming days. Silva was the number one choice of the Everton board before they appointed Allardyce. However,  Watford refused to give them permission to speak to him. In a bizarre twist, the Hornets then sacked Silva a few games after Allardyce was appointed.

Marco Silva came into the league to much fanfare as he took over struggling Hull. Sam Allardyce took over the reigns at Crystal Palace at almost the same time. Silva would eventually be relegated with Hull and would seal a move to mid-table relative big-spenders Watford. Allardyce, on the other hand, kept Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Watford sacked Silva after winning 8, drawing 5, and losing 13 of his matches getting 29 points in 26 matches. Allardyce leaves Everton having won 10, draw 7 and lost 9 for a total of 37 points in 26 matches.

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