Club statement said;
Everton Football Club can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his role as manager.
Professor 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.’
Meanwhile, there are reports that Allardyce was sacked for speaking against the Club’s decision to make boardroom changes without telling him or his staff.
Amongst the boardroom changes announced by Everton is a change of CEO with Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale replacing Robert Elstone and Dr Keith Harris to bedecision Deputy Chairman.
Harris will focus on helping Everton oversee the club’s new stadium project at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Allardyce, who attended the end of season League Manager’s Association 26th Annual Awards Dinner in London on Tuesday night, was shocked when Everton made their announcement on a major re-structuring of their board while he was at the function.
Big Sam, who was presented with an award for reaching 1000 games in management, expressed his shock over Everton’s decision to overlook him and his staff before making the changes.
“I’m shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn’t have the decency to tell me, my Director of Football and my staff about the changes; Allardyce said on Tuesday.
“They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff. I’m pretty disgusted.
Everton spent over £130m on new players last summer but found themselves in a serious relegation battle before Allardyce signed an 18-month contract in November.
Allardyce took over with Everton in 13th place following the caretaker reign of David Unsworth, following the sack of Ronald Koeman. Allardyce spent £50m in January on the likes of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, and eventually led the Merseyside club to an eight-placed finish; accomplishing his primary target of avoiding relegation.
“I came into the football club with the team struggling; the 63-year old added. “And we have finished 8th in the table. I’m more than happy with what myself, my staff and the players have achieved from when I came in.”