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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks in prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Everton have confirmed that they have sacked their manager Sam Allardyce after almost six months in charge

The former England coach took charge in November and had since guided them comfortably away from the relegation zone and into a respectable eighth place in the Premier League table.

However, it has been reported for a while that the club board were dissatisfied with Allardyce’s work at Goodison Park and have been considering replacing him for next season with the supporters having become more vocal against the boss in recent matches.

“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,” read a statement on the club website.

“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.”