Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce 'disgusted' as Everton target Marco Silva to replace him

Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
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Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been sacked by Everton.

Allardyce was told the news this morning but hit out last night after the club announced sweeping changes to its management structure.

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale was promoted to chief executive and Allardyce said he was 'disgusted' not to have been informed.

Speaking after being recognised by the LMA for his 1000 games in management, Allardyce said: "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.

“They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff. I'm pretty disgusted.

“I came into the football club with the team struggling and we have finished 8th in the table. I'm more than happy with what myself, my staff and the players have achieved from when I came in.”

Chief executive 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.”

Allardyce has now held three posts since leaving Sunderland two summers ago.

Marco Silva is the strong favourite to replace him at Goodison Park, with Eddie Howe and Paulo Fonseca also linked.