Everton aiming to appoint Marco Silva after sacking Sam Allardyce

By Andy Hunter

• Allardyce makes around £9m from Goodison tenure
• Marcel Brands replaces Steve Walsh as director of football

Everton have ended Sam Allardyce’s miserable six-month spell as manager and aim to replace him swiftly with Marco Silva. In a day of major change at Goodison Park, Marcel Brands was appointed director of football to replace Steve Walsh, who has also left the club.

Allardyce met Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, at 8.30am on Wednesday in London and was told in a brief discussion that he did not feature in the club’s long-term plans. The 63-year-old had another year remaining on the 18-month contract he signed when succeeding Ronald Koeman last November and, as he obtained a deal with no break clause, he is expected to leave with a £6m payoff. He will have made around £9m for six months’ work.

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