By Richard Parks
Everton will hold a board meeting in the coming days to decide whether to rip up the contract of manager Sam Allardyce, according to a report.
The Mail claim claim the Merseysiders’ majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri could give the green light to terminate Allardyce’s deal even though he was only appointed last November.
It is said that the manager’s position will be discussed by the board after a week in which Allardyce, who was appointed on an 18-month contract, was left raging by a survey sent to season ticket holders in which they were asked to rate his ability to lead the team.
The Mirror have reported that the former England manager is paid £115,000-a-week by Everton.
There have been widespread reports in recent weeks that Everton are keen to move in a different direction and have set their sights on two Portugese managers to replace Allardyce.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, who is close to securing a second consecutive league title after winning the treble in his first campaign, and former Watford boss Marco Silva have been strongly linked with the post.
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 comfortably guided Everton to safety – they already have 42 points, with four games left, but supporters have not warmed to him and few regard it as much of an achievement given the vast investment in the squad in the last two years. The team’s functional playing style is a world away from want fans want and it appears that the club’s hierarchy feel the same way following hundreds of millions spent on Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney and company. Moshiri is ambitious and willing to put his money where his mouth is. He is also impatient and rather naive of how things work in football. 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. Expect Allardyce to be given the boot and another massive pay-off.