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Toffees dismiss Allardyce; Moyes leaves Hammers

SAM Allardyce was fired as Everton manager yesterday after his pragmatic style of football proved unpopular with fans despite helping to keep the team in the English Premier League.

Allardyce lasted seven months at Everton after signing an 18-month deal with the northwest club in late November when it was near the relegation zone. Everton finished the season in eighth place on Sunday.

But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Everton fans who openly voiced their displeasure at the team’s often dour approach in the final games of the season.

“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,” said Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s newly hired chief executive. “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.”

British media reported that Marco Silva, who has managed Hull City and Watford in the EPL over the last two seasons, could take over.

Everton tried to bring Silva in from Watford before settling on Allardyce as the replacement for the fired Ronald Koeman. Watford filed a complaint to the EPL about Everton’s conduct in approaching Silva, who eventually left Watford in January.

If things had gone differently for Allardyce, he could have been naming the England squad for the World Cup yesterday. Instead, he is leaving yet another EPL club.

He was hired as England coach after the European Championship in 2016 but lasted only 67 days before having his contract terminated because of unguarded comments to undercover reporters about illegal transfer practices, which the English Football Association thought had made his position as national team coach untenable.

Since then, he has guided Crystal Palace and now Everton to EPL safety in consecutive seasons, cementing his status as a so-called “firefighter” at struggling clubs. He did the same with Sunderland, and also established Blackburn and West Ham United as solid EPL teams.

Elsewhere, keeping West Ham in the EPL wasn’t enough to earn David Moyes a new deal at the London club.

West Ham announced the departure of Moyes yesterday and said a new manager would be hired “within the next 10 days”.

Moyes arrived in November on a contract until the end of the season, and guided West Ham out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish on Sunday.

Now the club is looking for a “high-caliber figure” to “take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions.”

“Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete,” West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said, “we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.”

Moyes has at least rebuilt a coaching reputation that was tarnished by unsuccessful spells in charge of Manchester United, Real Socieded and Sunderland since leaving Everton in 2013.

The Scottish coach restored a work ethic that had been lacking at West Ham, including getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic by reinventing him as a lone striker.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca has reportedly held talks with West Ham this week.


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