By Richard Parks
Everton are ready to terminate the contract of Sam Allardyce to pave the way for a new manager in the summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the Merseysiders’ majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is preparing to rip up Allardyce’s £115,000-a-week deal even though he was only appointed last November.
It is said that Everton are keen to move in a different direction and have set their sights on two Portugese managers to replace Allardyce.
The Mirror report that Moshiri’s first choice is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, who is close to securing a second consecutive league title after winning the treble in his first campaign, with former Watford boss Marco Silva his second option.
But Everton face a major battle to land Fonseca after Shakhtar demanded a £15million compensation bill following interest from Everton five months ago.
Silva was sacked by Watford in January after he was also courted by the Merseysiders during their extensive hunt to replace Ronald Koeman last autumn.
Football Insider verdict:
Allardyce has guided Everton to safety – they already have 41 points, with five games left, but supporters have not warmed to him. The team’s functional playing style is a world away from want fans want – that was evident yet again in yesterday’s dreary 0-0 draw against Liverpool – and it appears that the club’s hierarchy feel the same way following the huge investment in the squad in recent years. Moshiri is ambitious and willing to put his money where his mouth is. There was always the sense that Allardyce was seen as a necessary evil to stave off any thoughts of relegation, but a younger manager with bright ideas and a glowing reputation in the European game is high on the agenda for the Merseysiders.