Sam Allardyce was sacked from his role as Everton manager yesterday.
While the former England boss successfully delivered Premier League safety and a solid eighth place finish, supporters had grown tired of the club's inconsistency and poor style of football. In other words, the writing was on the wall for sometime.
The club officially stated on Wednesday: "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."
The search for the Toffees' replacement is now well underway and Marco Silva - whom the club targeted back in November - has emerged as the frontrunner.
Everton sack Sam Allardyce
While that process gets underway, though, the press quickly descended upon Allardyce to get a word with the 63-year-old after the decision.
In the end, the Premier League veteran spoke to talkSPORT and gave somewhat of a surprising interview.
Things started decently normally with Allardyce noting: "It seemed to be done and dusted through the media.
Allardyce: Most fans wanted me to stay
"I think it was out there in the open for a couple of days. That leaves you with the certainty of what was going to happen."
Then, things took a bit of a turn. Allardyce dropped a comment that he said with a great deal of confidence but has gone down like a lead balloon with the Everton faithful.
Allardyce explained: "I think there were certainly more Everton fans who were happy with what we were doing and going in the right direction than the ones that weren't.
"Those who show discontent are the ones who are more open and vocal about it. I would say most of them didn't want me out."
Hmm. Twitter disagrees, Sam.
Check out the reaction to the comments below:
Ok, so the critics are always going to shout louder than the backers but there looks to be very little substance behind Allardyce's comment.
Everton fans are grateful that the 63-year-old moved them away from relegation, yet have been frustrated with the football the team has been playing since the early weeks of January.
The stats don't make for good reading either with Everton coming in at 20th in the Premier League for shots, shots on target, chances created and chances created from open play during his reign up until March.
As a result, the fans to which Allardyce refers may be those who are thankful for his job over the six months but it seems nobody wanted him to make it to next season in charge.
Do you think Everton were right to sack Allardyce? Have your say in the comments section below.
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