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Sam Allardyce's relatively short time at Everton is set to come to a premature end within the next 48 hours according to reports as the Toffees have already lined up a new manager for next season.
Of course for Allardyce a job lasting since November will actually be quite a long time considering he's held a job for just one game in the not too distant past, when he was in charge of England.
But Big Sam would have been hoping to keep the Everton job at least one more season. In terms of size and ambition of club it was undoubtedly his biggest job to date.
The former Crystal Palace boss was appointed in November after Everton had gone through a poor start to the season under Ronald Koeman. The club were still flirting with relegation when Allardyce took over a month after the Dutchman had been sacked and replaced by David Unsworth as interim manager.
Allardyce took the Merseysiders to to eighth but there has been plenty of annoyance from fans at the style of football and perceived lack of ambition under the 63 year old.
That will not last much longer though. According to the Mirror Allardyce is set to be axed in the next 48 hours with Marco Silva already lined up to replace the Englishman.
Everton sacking Koeman kicked off the chain of events that eventually saw Silva sacked by Watford.
The Toffees' first choice to replace the former Southampton manager was Silva and they flirted with him to no avail. The Hornets wouldn't accept a big offer from Everton owner Farhad Moshiri to release Silva.
However Watford's results then took a nosedive and when the Hertfordshire club sacked the Spaniard they blamed their Premier League rivals for distracting their now former manager and turning his head.
The club's statement read, "The club is convinced...had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership."
Moshiri invested a lot of money in the transfer market last season and Everton were expected to battle for European places. In the end they came up short and the owner clearly doesn't trust Allardyce to spend in the summer.
Finally it seems he will get his man, but will appointing Silva work out?
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