By Richard Parks
Everton are preparing to dismiss manager Sam Allardyce and pay him off for the final year of his contract, according to a report.
The Times claim the Premier League club are looking at alternatives to the former England boss after supporters called for him to be axed during the club’s final home match against Southampton last weekend.
It is said that Everton are willing to pay the 63-year-old the 12 months remaining on his contract, which the Mirror report is worth £6million-a-year, equivalent to £115,000-a-week.
Football Insider verdict:
To say Allardyce is unpopular with the Everton faithful is something of an understatement. To his credit, the experienced manager has done what he was brought in to do, comfortably avoid relegation and secure a top-ten finish. Everton will end in eighth this season, which is about where many expected them to be at the start of the campaign. But delve beyond the statistics and it is understandable why the natives are restless and the board are preparing to hand a mega pay-off to the second manager in six months. The football is sterile and cautious under Allardyce (no surprise there), and the lack of return on a huge investment in the squad is bordering on humiliating. It is no disgrace finishing eighth in the league, far from it, but fans want to be entertained. The only time they jump out of their seats at Goodison is to call for the manager’s head.