By Richard Parks
Everton fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at the prospect of the club dumping Sam Allardyce and replacing him with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca.
The Mirror claim the Goodison Park majority shareholder will lead a second straight off-season shake-up following a campaign that has failed to live up to expectations.
It is said that Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh are likely to be axed and replaced by Fonseca and PSV Eindhoven’s recruitment chief Marcelo Brands.
Allardyce was appointed manager last November on a contract that runs until the summer of 2019 but has struggled to convince the Everton faithful despite steering the team to safety.
The Merseysiders are ninth in the Premier League and have 40 points after fears earlier in the season they could be drawn into a relegation battle.
Ex-Porto and Braga manager Fonseca, 45, has an excellent record at Ukraine outfit Shakhtar, who are on course for a second consecutive Premier League title and reached the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.
Everton supporters are excited at the prospect of his appointment.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Everton sacking Walsh and Allardcye for Fonseca and Brands
Pickford clean sheet and Butland conceding
What a week
— Luke (@ForzaLuke_) March 27, 2018
Everton facebook is weird. linked with brands and fonseca an people are banging on about stubbs coming back. its the reason my lent sabatical ended
— David Parkinson (@DaveParky14) March 28, 2018
Word around is that Paulo Fonseca is the man this summer BUT we are Everton, so we’ll see pic.twitter.com/Qf8u8t26h4
— Second City Toffee (@2ndcitytoffee) March 28, 2018
Made up if we get fonseca yeno !! @Everton must do utmost to get it sorted !! Will be interesting to see how Sam acts now ????????????
— ????⚽️????Thomas J EFC (@Jaymo666) March 27, 2018
— Sean Lunt (@Sean_Lunt) March 27, 2018
I’m hoping it’s done deal
— Steviemac (@steviemac2010) March 27, 2018
If true it will be the step forward that was envisioned when Moshiri appointed Koeman & Walsh. I think Walsh has made only 3 good signings in Pickford, Gana & Lookman. Really hope Fonseca can succeed in EPL and become another Pochietino rather than a failed foreinger
— Park End Goodison (@ParkRdGoodison) March 28, 2018
I’m conflicted. Made up Allardyce is getting bin bagged and Fonseca being linked. On the other hand, it’s The Mirror.
Everton planning another big summer shake-up with Big Sam set to gohttps://t.co/5TBCW7D46Y
— Gary Shaw (@shawryblue) March 27, 2018