COMMENT By Richard Parks
As a man who is classified as a billionaire rather a ordinary multi-millionaire, Farhad Moshiri does not shy away from tough decisions.
If his executives or senior management are not doing the jobs he wants them to do, he wields the axe.
The Everton owner clearly feels Sam Allardyce and his backroom staff have fluffed their lines over the last six months, and they will pay with their jobs.
The Daily Mail claim the Goodison Park majority shareholder is to wield the axe as he jets into the UK for a series of boardroom meetings to determine the way forward for the Merseyside club this summer.
It is said that Moshiri will meet with Allardyce for face-to-face talks and tell him his reign is over and he will be followed out of the exit door by his backroom staff of Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and goalkeeping coach Martyn Martgetson.
Quel surprise, some may point out.
Allardyce is deeply unpopular with fans despite steering the team well away from relegation and to an eighth-placed finish in the recently completely season.
His backroom team are also tainted by association with the 63-year-old after implementing a cautious playing style low on entertainment and fun.
Despite the Everton day of the long knives, it is not always inevitable that the manager is followed out of the door by his backroom staff when he leaves.
Arsenal number two Steve Bould will reportedly stay on under the new boss – it is currently rumoured to be Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta – while many ex-assistants go on to get the top job, either as caretaker or permanently.
This happened to Shakespeare last year at Leicester, where he performed impressively enough following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking to get the job permanently.
Shakespeare eventually got the boot, but he will surely reappear in a dugout some time soon, as inevitably will Sammy Lee, regardless of whether Allardyce returns to management or not.
The likelihood is that Big Sam will not be able to ignore a tilt at another Premier League job, although his reputation as a survival specialist who puts results way ahead of performance means the plum jobs are unlikely to come his way.
Expect the 63-year-old to claim he’s fed up with management, before being tempted back in the autumn by a desperate top-flight outfit.
The Goodison Four will soon be gone, but they won’t be gone for long. The football manager merry-go-round will make sure of that.