LONDON – Everton officially announced the dismissal of British coach Sam Allardyce, best known as Big Sam, in a statement on Wednesday on the club’s official website.
The 63-year-old coach arrived at Everton in November 2017, replacing Ronald Koeman, and in the span of six months managed to guide the club to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
“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,” said Everton’s director, Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
“I would like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton,” she added. “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.”
Everton is expected to financially compensate Allardyce for the remainder of his contract, which was set to expire in 2019.
British media reported that Everton is looking to tap former Watford coach Marco Silva as Allardyce’s replacement.