Al­lardyce sacked as Ever­ton man­ager af­ter just six months

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LON­DON: Ever­ton’s struc­tural shake-up left no room for Sam Al­lardyce who was sacked as man­ager on Wed­nes­day af­ter a six­month reign in which he steered the Merseysiders to eighth place in the Premier League.

For­mer Eng­land man­ager Al­lardyce re­placed sacked Dutch­man Ronald Koe­man in Novem­ber with the club 13th and five points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. He had a year to run on his con­tract.

Denise Bar­rett-Bax­en­dale, who will of­fi­cially re­place Robert El­stone as the club’s CEO on June 1 as part of a raft of changes at the top, said the task of re­plac­ing Al­lardyce would be­gin im­me­di­ately.

“On be­half of the Chair­man, Board of Direc­tors and (owner) Mr (Farhad) Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Ever­ton over the last seven months,” she told the club’s web­site.

“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. We wish Sam well for the fu­ture.”

Al­lardyce was not a pop­u­lar choice with the fans and the writ­ing looked on the wall for the 63-year-old when he crit­i­cised the re­cent changes in the club’s hi­er­ar­chy on Tues­day.

“I’m shocked, dis­ap­pointed and dis­gusted that the foot­ball club didn’t have the de­cency to tell me, my Direc­tor of Foot­ball and my staff about the changes,” he told the Liver­pool Post.

“They must have been in the pipe­line for a con­sid­er­able time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.” Since Moshiri took over the club in Fe­bru­ary 2016, Ever­ton have spent around 300 mil­lion pounds ($404.3 mil­lion) in the trans­fer mar­ket but rather than mount a chal­lenge to the top four they are tread­ing wa­ter in the Premier League.

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— REUTERS/Darren Sta­ples/File Photo

EXIT: Ever­ton man­ager Sam Al­lardyce.

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