In the end, it was the Everton fans who ensured that Sam Allardyce would no longer be the club’s manager beyond the end of the season.
Even though Allardyce came in and steadied the ship, leading the Toffees to a reasonably impressive eighth-placed finish, the Goodison Park faithful were heavily critical of the team’s style of play under the vastly-experienced 63-year-old.
Allardyce had a year left on his contract and believed the majority of Everton fans were content with the job he’d done during his six-month spell.
"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," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
"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."
However, news of Allardyce’s dismissal has been met with almost universal appreciation from the club’s supporters on social media.
They couldn’t stomach the football being served up at Goodison Park under Allardyce, even though it resulted in a top-half finish.
What Allardyce did after one away defeat
And Everton fans are now feeling even more relieved that Allardyce has gone after finding out what the former England manager did following an away defeat earlier this season.
Per Matt Hughes, The Times’ Deputy Football Correspondent, Allardyce’s sacking has not surprised many of the Everton players, who “on several occasions last season were left questioning his approach to the job”.
Why? Well, because after an away defeat, the squad were hauled in for an extra training session on a Sunday morning, which began with a pep talk from assistant manager Sammy Lee, who encouraged the squad to stick together during a difficult period.
One player then asked where the absent Allardyce was - and Lee stunned the entire squad by revealing the manager was at his house in Spain.
No wonder he was sacked
No wonder they weren’t surprised he got the boot.
Everton fans have also been left shocked by the story…
They don’t need to worry about Allardyce anymore, though. He’s gone.
Marco Silva is expected to be appointed as the club’s new manager, potentially as early as next week.News Now - Sport News