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Allardyce immediately relieved as Everton manager

Allardyce immediately relieved as Everton manager

Following the departure of Alan Pardew, Allardyce was appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace on a two-and-a-half-year contract, with the Eagles just a point above the drop zone.

Marco Silva was Everton's first-choice to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman last November but Watford, who Silva then managed, rejected the approach.

He believes Allardyce did a very good job in ensuring a top ten finish for Everton after such a horror start to their season.

"I came into the football club with the team struggling and we have finished 8th in the table". Despite moving up to eighth place, there are protests from fans about Allardyce and his style of play while chairman Bill Kenwright apologises after a fan survey includes a question about the manager. He has also made some ridiculous comments about the club that have offended the Toffees fanbase.

However Everton are hopeful of agreeing a compensation fee with Watford to both speed up Silva's appointment and avoid any potential ramifications.

As has been stated, the former Watford boss is the current favourite to take the Goodison Park post. The Hornets even made a complaint to the Premier League, which is yet to be resolved.

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Watford "remain furious" that Everton's interest a year ago unsettled Silva and a poor run of form led to his sacking in January.

Shakhar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca is another option for the Merseyside club. The manager had a further season on his contract. He has additionally been linked with West Ham the place David Moyes' future stays unclear.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, a lifelong Everton fan, has also reportedly emerged as another potential target.

This comes despite earlier reports that the two Premier League are locked in a legal battle over Everton's conduct in approaching Silva, while he was still under contract at Watford past year.

Silva is understood to have discussed options at other clubs, with Benfica thought to be admirers of him, but Everton appears to be his preferred option for next season.