Sam Allardyce has been sacked as Everton manager after six months.
The 63-year-old signed a contract until June 2019 when hetook over in Novemberfollowing Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.
Everton, who were 13th in the Premier League when Allardyce arrived, finished the season in eighth.
Allardyce has beenheavily criticisedby fans for his management and Everton’s style of play since he took over and the club said the decision was part of their “longer-term plan”.
It is understood former Hull City and Watford bossMarco Silva is the main candidate to succeed Allardyce.
The 40-year-old Portuguese was owner Farhad Moshiri’s first choice when he dismissed Dutchman Koeman.
Everton have also been interested in Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca, although he is also a contender to replace David Moyes at West Ham.
The new manager will be selected by Everton’snew director of football Marcel Brandsand new chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.