Sam Allardyce has left Everton as the club look to enact a ‘longer-term plan’.
Allardyce was appointed Everton manager in November, guiding the club from 13th to an eighth-place finish.
But the 63-year-old was never a popular appointment at Goodison Park, with his approach, style of football and media comments jarring with the Everton faithful.
It has culminated in his departure from the club on the day he should have been announcing his England squad for the 2018 World Cup.
A statement on the Everton website from Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale read: “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.”