Sam Allardyce was fired as Everton manager on Wednesday after his pragmatic style of football proved unpopular with fans despite helping to keep the team in the Premier League.
Allardyce lasted seven months at Everton after signing an 18-month deal with the northwest club in late November when it was near the relegation zone. Everton finished the season in eighth place on Sunday.
But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Everton supporters who openly voiced their displeasure at the team’s often dour approach in the final games of the season.
“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,” said Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s newly hired chief executive. “However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be…