Sam Allardyce is set to leave Everton in the next 24 hours – with former Watford manager Marco Silva the preferred choice to replace him, Sky Sports News understands.
Sky Sports News understands Allardyce is due to meet Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Wednesday and will be told his six-month reign has come to an end.
Allardyce will be paid the vast majority of the final 12 months of his contract, estimated to be around £6m.
Everton attempted to bring Silva to Goodison Park last November when the Portuguese was at Watford.
The Toffees offered as much as £12m in compensation for Silva, only for Watford to rebuff their approach.
Allardyce secured an eighth-place finish for Everton in the Premier League after just two defeats in their final nine league matches.
When asked about his future on Monday, Allardyce told Sky Sports News: "It's my job to turn that around. My job is to get better results for Everton, get better players, and play better. Then those fans enjoy their football a little bit more than they are at the moment.
"I've done all that I can, the backroom staff have done all that they can, and the players have done all that they can. In the January window, Farhad [Moshiri] backed us up with two very important signings [Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun].
"Both have been successful in what they've done and it's helped us get into the position we're in. Who knows what's going to happen next.
"The season's finished and I'm going to have a meeting with Farhad this week and then I'm going on my holidays."
Sam Allardyce has been sacked as Everton manager after six months.
The 63-year-old signed a contract until June 2019 when he took over in November following Ronald Koeman's dismissal.
Everton, who were 13th in the Premier League when Allardyce arrived, finished the season in eighth.
Allardyce has been heavily criticised by fans for his management and Everton's style of play since he took over and the club said the decision was part of their "longer-term plan".
It is understood former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva is the main candidate to succeed Allardyce.
The 40-year-old Portuguese was owner Farhad Moshiri's first choice when he dismissed Dutchman Koeman.
Everton have also been interested in Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca, although he is also a contender to replace David Moyes at West Ham.
Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale thanked Allardyce, adding: "Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately."
In the Premier League, Everton won 10 matches, lost six and drew eight under Allardyce, his reign ending with a 3-1 defeat by West Ham on the final day of the season.
He took over after a poor start to the season under Dutchman Koeman left the club in the relegation zone with two wins from nine matches.
Everton were unbeaten in their first six league matches under Allardyce and claimed their only Europa League win under the ex-Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Blackburn, West Ham, Bolton and Newcastle boss.
However, he was booed by fans following his side's 2-1 defeat at Burnley in March, and was again criticised after their draw with Swansea six weeks later.
The club apologised to Allardyce in April after a survey was sent to fans asking them to rank their manager's performance on a scale of zero to 10.
The former England manager said in April that he had spoken with Moshiri and that he would remain at the club next season.
Wayne Rooney's future at the club was reported to have rested on whether Allardyce would be manager next season.
The former England striker, 32, has agreed a deal in principle that could see him leave for Major League Soccer side DC United this summer in a £12.5m deal.
The Toffees announced a major restructure of their board on Tuesday, as Barrett-Baxendale replaced Robert Elstone as chief executive.
Allardyce, who passed 1,000 games in charge of an English club in January, said he was "disgusted" by the club's decision to make the changes public without his knowledge, according to the Liverpool Echo.
"I'm shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn't have the decency to tell me, my director of football and my staff about the changes," said Allardyce.
"They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff."
Post by Everton News. on May 16, 2018 13:01:19 GMT
Everton Football Club can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his role as manager.
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months. Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
“However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately. Again, we’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future.”