Allardyce – unwanted by a lot of Evertonians from the day he was appointed – had come under increasing fire from the Blues’ fans over the last few months, and tens of thousands voted with their feet by refusing to stay behind for the lap of appreciation after the last game of the season.
Following a dull spell as Everton boss, in which the Blues managed wins against the likes of Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester, Allardyce leaves with an additional £6m in the bank which covers the second year of his contract.
The Blues will now look to Marco Silva, who was favourite for the job when Ronald Koeman was sacked late last year, and who lost the dressing room at Watford once he announced his desire to take over at Goodison Park. Watford rejected Everton’s advances and eventually sacked Silva, but the Blues had already appointed Allardyce.
Now, finally, pre-season planning can get under way, although it will also likely be done under a new Chief Executive Officer, as Robert Elstone appears to be on his way to his beloved rugby league.