Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has decided to dismiss Sam Allardyce as manager this summer and has two men on his shortlist, according to The Mirror.
The experienced coach’s appointment at Goodison Park in November was met with mixed reactions from fans and pundits alike.
There was plenty of promise under Ronald Koeman following his summer spending spree in the transfer market, but it was not to be as he was dismissed after the club dropped towards the relegation zone.
Allardyce has managed to keep the Toffees in the Premier League as they currently have 41 points, with 40 usually being the benchmark for safety.
However, the performances have not been the easiest on the eye, despite having creative players, including Theo Walcott.
The Mirror claims that Moshiri is ready to cut ties with Allardyce and replace him with either Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca or ex-Watford manager Marco Silva.
The Mirror reports that Moshiri was keen on Silva and Fonseca prior to Allardyce’s arrival, but compensation fees put him off.
If the businessman is willing to pay up £6m to cancel ‘Big Sam’s’ contract then he is clearly determined to bring in one of the Portuguese coaches.
Recruiting a younger manager with fresh ideas is a good call from the hierarchy at Everton, but it also presents a risk, particularly if Fonseca is the man to take over.
The 45-year-old has caught the eye in Ukraine, but he has no experience of English football, while Silva has had stints at Hull City and Watford.
The latter is currently out of work, which would mean that Everton would avoid having to pay any compensation for his signature.