Sam Allardyce

Everton line up Allardyce replacements

Everton and lining up potential replacement for Sam Allardyce, despite only appointing the former England manager less than four months ago.

Allardyce was finally announced as Everton boss back in November after Ronald Koeman was sacked the previous month. The Blues were in a desperate situation at the bottom of the table, a situation that caretaker boss David Unsworth was also unable to sort out. They initially wanted to appoint then Watford manager Marco Silva, offering to pay the Hornets £10 million for his services, but they remained resolute and wouldn’t let him leave, forcing Everton to turn to anti-relegation specialist, Big Sam.

While Allardyce has hauled the Blues up to ninth in the Premier League, they are still only six points away from the relegation zone, with the style of play not impressing the fans in the slightest.

Now, according to reports this morning, Everton are already looking to replace Allardyce, despite him having another year on his deal.

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One of the favourites for the job is Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca, who was first wanted by Everton after they sacked Ronald Koeman.

Fonseca is thought to have been interested in a move to Everton although the Ukrainian side blocked that move. The Portuguese boss has yet to sign the new contract they have offered him since and is set to become a free agent in the summer.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is also still thought to be an admirer of Marco Silva, who is also now a free agent after he was sacked by Watford, but there are now some concerns after the way things ended for him at Vicarage Road.

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Moshiri, who is clearly a very ambitious owner, has also discussed targeting a series of more high-profile candidates including former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

However, appointing a manager of this calibre seems highly unlikely and overly optimistic. Enrique is the the favourite to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, while Simeone has only just recently signed a new deal with Los Rojiblancos.

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