Everton have confirmed that manager Sam Allardyce has left the club after almost six months in charge.

The 63-year-old signed at Goodison Park after a lengthy process to find a new boss following the departure of Ronald Koeman in October, with David Unsworth becoming the club’s caretaker manager in that time.

Allardyce joined the Blues with them in 13th place in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone, and was tasked with taking the club further away from the drop zone.

ant the manager achieved that objective quite quickly.

However, results got worse after the turn of the year and dissent from fans started to become more vocal against the boss – with chants and banners appearing at numerous matches.

New club chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “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.
“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.”