Everton have made official the news that Sam Allardyce is leaving his role as the club's manager following a meeting with Farhad Moshiri this morning.
A statement from Denise Barrett-Baxendale, acting Chief Executive until she assumes the role in her own right on 1st June, confirmed the 63-year-old's dismissal after it was anticipated in the media late on Monday night:
Everton Football Club can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his role as manager.
Professor 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 met Moshiri, Everton's major shareholder, in London this morning where the club's decision to terminate his contract six months after he was appointed was laid out. He was quoted by The Mirror as being "shocked, disappointed and disgusted" that the club had announced its executive-level reshuffle while he was at the League Managers Association Awards dinner last night without informing him and his staff beforehand.
He leaves the Blues with a year remaining on his contract which will reportedly see him net £9m in total for the work he has carried out since the beginning of December when he succeeded interim boss, David Unsworth.
In that time, he steered Everton to an eighth place finish but failed to convince either the Board or supporters that he was the man to realise the club's ambitions moving forward.
Allardyce will be joined through the exit door by his assistants, Sammy Lee and Craig Shakespeare as well as goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson.