Sam Allardyce’s time at Goodison Park seems to be drawing to a close as according to latest reports, he is set to meet Everton‘s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri to discuss his future at the club. The former England manager had signed an 18 months contract in November and will be leaving within just six months of taking charge at Everton.
When Big Sam took over from Ronald Koeman, the Toffees were hovering around the relegation zone and now that the season has ended, he has been able to guide his side to a respectable 8th place finish. However, there seems to be discontent among the fans and Everton’s board over his management style and philosophy. The Toffees invested heavily in the previous summer transfer window and they were expected to challenge for some sort of European spot at least.
It seems that the Merseyside club is looking for a fresh beginning and they will have to reportedly pay £6m to Big Sam for terminating his contract in between. One cannot deny the fact that he had brought stability since he took over but his playing style and tactics have been questioned as Everton has scraped through most of the times for a win instead of dominating their opponents.
With Big Sam set to leave, we look at three possible replacements.
The former Watford manager is considered to be a favourite to succeed for the top job at Goodison Park. His stint with the Hornets ended badly as he had just one win in his last eleven games and Watford board claimed that Everton had made an ”unwarranted approach” for him, which seemed to mess up with the mind of their manager.
Silva will fit the bill for the Toffees as he is known to play an expansive and stylish brand of football, which the Everton fans are longing to see.
The former West Ham United manager can also be considered to fill into Sam Allardyce’s boots. He had a good start with the Hammers but after a string of bad results, he was shown the door. However, he left the team with a record of 1.33 points per Premier League game, which is the best of any previous West Ham manager.
The Shakhtar Donetsk boss was tipped to take over from Ronald Koeman but the Ukranian club were not going to allow their manager to leave midway through the season and they wanted £15m in compensation. However, his contract is coming to an end in the summer and Everton can get their man now.