Wayne Rooney flies out to America for medical ahead of MLS move

Close Wayne Rooney is closing in on a move to MLS side DC United with the player arriving in America

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Wayne Rooney is closing in on a move to MLS side DC United with the player arriving in America for a medical and talks on Thursday.

The Englishman secured an emotional return to boyhood club Everton last summer having brought his Manchester United career to an end.

The player was said to be earning in the region of £150,000 at the Merseyside club and his performances this season haven’t exactly lived up to what some expect.

The former Man United talisman started the season well, with several important goals eventually taking him to the tally of 11 for the season.

Though, his form has dipped in 2018 and has found his time on the pitch limited by Sam Allardyce.

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Off the wage bill

Reports also suggested that Farhad Moshiri supported Allardyce in that the player was not performing to the level they expected when they brought him in.

With that in mind and the player earning £150,000, reports suggested this week that Everton were seemingly pushing Rooney out the door.

They were hoping that even with Allardyce leaving, they would be able to get the player off the wage bill.

Now, according to Sky Sports, that looks to be going ahead.

That is because they claim Rooney his agent Paul Stretford will be in the states on Thursday to possibly finalise a deal.

While they state that a transfer fee has not been agreed yet and it’s not a done deal, a medical suggests a deal is close.

Marcel Brands reveals blueprint for Everton revival in first interview

The future is bright New Everton director of football Marcel Brands has detailed his plans to revive the club and

The future is bright

New Everton director of football Marcel Brands has detailed his plans to revive the club and also spoke about the search for a new manager.

The Dutchman is widely considered to be one of the best directors in the game and has impressed with PSV.

Though, his latest challenge will be to take Everton back into the top six after a very poor season.

His first job will be to get the new manager in after Sam Allardyce was sacked, with Marco Silva the favourite.

Though, that he will be up to much more over the next few years at Goodison.

Impressive words

Speaking about his job, it’s safe to say that he will be kept busy.

Brands has explained that the strategy will be long-term and the manager will need to fit the bill, which includes working with young players.

“The priority in the first month is the first team and to be ready for the start of the next Premier League season,” he explained in his first Everton interview. 

“The [overall plan] has to be long-term, though. That’s also the goal I was given in the conversations I had with the Club.

“What the people around the Club will see is new signings but behind-the-scenes there will be a lot of work and, of course, the first thing is a new manager.

“I think it is important that he wants to work in the new philosophy, the new strategy of how we want to work with a Director of Football.

“I think it is important that he creates the environment for the long-term, and I think it is important that he is a modern coach.

“If you think about what Everton’s plans are, I think a modern coach will fit into that profile.

“Then his philosophy and how he wants to play is important. I think it has to be a coach who wants to work with young players.

“I will take care of the long-term strategy but the first job now is to find a manager as soon as possible and straight away go to work with the squad.

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Wayne Rooney flies out to America for medical ahead of MLS move

One person who is not in the long-term plans of Everton is Wayne Rooney.

That is because the club are set to sell him to an MLS side in the coming days.

Click here to find out more about the imminent move. 

Everton v Watford: Marco Silva saga takes another incredible turn

Drama Everton are looking to appoint former Watford boss Marco Silva as their new boss but if they do, his

Drama

Everton are looking to appoint former Watford boss Marco Silva as their new boss but if they do, his former club will push for the club to be punished.

That is because they feel that the Toffees made an illegal approach for the manager back when he was impressing with the Hornets.

The side were flying and in the top six before Everton made an approach for Silva, before performances eventually tailed off and the Portuguese boss was sacked.

Though, Watford still feel very much aggrieved by the situation and are said to be demanding £8million in compensation if Everton hire him.

As you would expect, the Merseyside club are not willing to do that for a manager that is on the free agent market and having done nothing wrong.

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Twist in the tale

Now, in an even more incredible twist, Everton will report Watford for making what they believe to be an illegal approach while he was in charge of Hull!

The Toffees, according to a new article by Matt Hughes of the Times, have evidence of a draft contract that Watford sent to Silva while he was still at the Tigers.

That would obviously strengthen Everton’s position and would make Watford think twice about pushing for the Merseysiders to be punished because they could be punished for the same thing.

Though, the report goes on to claim Watford are confident in their position because they have evidence that there was a relegation clause in Silva’s contract that allowed the boss to speak to clubs after Hull had gone down.

Safe to say, we haven’t heard the last of this.

West Ham blow: One manager out of the race for next Hammers boss

Played like a fiddle One manager who was in the running for the West Ham managerial position has agreed to

Played like a fiddle

One manager who was in the running for the West Ham managerial position has agreed to sign a new contract with his current club instead.

The club let David Moyes go on Wednesday and their hunt for a new manager is now underway.

The Scotsman was only able to keep the club in the Premier League but is ultimately not the man to take them forward.

Now, there are several high profile managers in the running for the Hammers job.

Though, Paulo Fonseca will not be one of them having decided against signing for the club following an interview with the clubs hierarchy.

The Portuguese boss is very highly rated in Europe after an impressive campaign with Shakhtar Donetsk.

It was thought that he was the favourite for the job but reports have since suggested that he could have been using West Ham for a pay rise in Ukraine.

That certainly looks as though it could be the case following the announcement of his renewal.

Where now for West Ham?

With one manager down, there are a few options still available for the West Ham job.

Manuel Pellegrini is one of them and is actually favourite with bookmaker Sky Bet.

Rafa Benitez is also one of them, with the Spanish boss unsure whether to continue his journey with Newcastle.

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is a new contender after leaving FC Nantes this week.

Though, whoever it is, they have one hell of a job on their hands to get West Ham playing good football again.

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Sam Allardyce responds to being sacked by Everton

Expected Sam Allardyce has given his first interview since being sacked by Everton and has admitted that he had already

Expected

Sam Allardyce has given his first interview since being sacked by Everton and has admitted that he had already prepared himself a few days before.

The Englishman guided Everton from 13th to 8th in his 6-month tenure at the club which on the face of it, isn’t bad.

Though, when you look at the performances and the long-term ambitions of the club, his sacking was justified.

His defensive football won over hardly any fans at Goodison as they wanted someone exciting, looking to take the club forward rather than settle for being the best of the rest.

Though, some pundits and football fans feel that his sacking was unjustified and should have been given a chance.

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Response

Now, Sam Allardyce has responded by claiming that he knew he time might be up due to the reports in the days leading up to his sacking.

He even admitted that he prepared himself for the meeting which would be his final, but did express his disappointment in the news being leaked.

‘I’m surprised how it came about. It seemed to be done and dusted through the media before I met Farhad,’ he told talkSPORT this morning, as cited by the Daily Mail. 

‘I think it was out there in the open for a couple of days. That leaves you with the certainty of what was going to happen.

‘It was slightly disappointing. Who was involved in that I couldn’t tell you, but something as delicate as that is something you want to be confidential.’

‘I think when it’s so open in the press, from the day before, it was highly unlikely it was going to be anything else.

‘I prepared myself for what was being said by the press a couple of days before.

‘My meeting with Farhad was amicable. We conducted ourselves amicably but I expressed a disappointment with how it got out. I accept it and move on.’

Revealed: The favourite for the West Ham job according to the bookies

New manager West Ham are looking for a new manager after David Moyes left the club today, and it seems

New manager

West Ham are looking for a new manager after David Moyes left the club today, and it seems that there are some top names in the frame to take over at the club.

Moyes just saved them from the drop after a terrible season on and off the field, and the fans, board and players know that things have to be better next time round.

According to Sky Bet, the most likely names to take over from Moyes are as follows:

Paulo Fonseca – 10/11

Manuel Pellegrini – 11/10

Rafael Benitez – 8/1

Unai Emery – 12/1

Simone Inzaghi – 16/1

Claudio Ranieri – 20/1

Eddie Howe – 20/1

Glenn Hoddle – 20/1

Louis Van Gaal – 20/1

David Wagner – 25/1

Marco Silva- 25/1

Sam Allardyce

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Everton

The Hammers aren’t the only club looking for a new manager, with Sam Allardyce sacked this morning and told his services would no longer be required at Everton.

While Marco Silva is a 25/1 shout for the West Ham job, he’s one of the leading candidates to take over at Everton, having been considered to take over earlier in the season – with rumours the club could even face sanctions should Watford report them for tapping Silva up while he was in charge there.

Both clubs need a change come next season, and it’s never easy but Everton look like they’re making real progress in terms of the structure of the club and actually giving fans what they want and trying to produce decent football on the field while also having ambition as well, meaning the job could be a good one for Silva to take.

As for the Hammers, quite if they’re going to move up the table or do anything at all with the current board in place remains to be seen, and the fan discontent that has been milling around the club for some time doesn’t seem to be going away.

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Everton ‘very close’ to agreeing deal with new manager

Marcel Brands makes big claim after Everton appointment

Back to the big time Marcel Brands is aiming big with Everton and following his appointment today, the Dutchman has

Back to the big time

Marcel Brands is aiming big with Everton and following his appointment today, the Dutchman has been speaking about his ambitions with the club.

The now-former PSV director of football had his move confirmed today after months of talks with the Merseyside club.

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri was looking to shake up the club following an extremely disappointing season.

The club finished 8th in the Premier League despite spending around £15omillion to try and take them into the top six.

Though, that went terribly wrong and lead to a very lacklustre season which Everton fans are glad to see the back of.

Sam Allardyce was sacked today after he also failed to win the fans over.

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Ambition

Now, the club are looking big once again and Marcel Brands will not stop until they get there.

That is because he has claimed that the club must strive to be competing with the Premier League and competing for honours.

“It is a privilege to be joining Everton as Director of Football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands in a statement on the Everton website.

“The fantastic passion of the fans for their Club, the magnificent history of the Club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite.

“It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day.”

Safe to say, that will be music to the Everton fans’ ears.

Everton ‘very close’ to agreeing deal with new manager

Imminent Everton are ‘very close’ to agreeing a deal to sign their new manager following the sacking of Sam Allardyce this morning.

Imminent

Everton are ‘very close’ to agreeing a deal to sign their new manager following the sacking of Sam Allardyce this morning.

That manager comes in the form of former Watford boss Marco Silva who is available following his sacking back in January.

The Portuguese boss was incredibly impressive in the early stages of this season with the Hornets as they pushed for the top six.

Though, an approach from Everton very quickly changed that as the clubs season derailed as quick as it started.

The Toffees offered Watford in the region of £12million for their manager and Silva started to agitate for the move.

Watford were not giving in though, and threatened to report Everton to the Premier League over an illegal approach.

That lead to the Vicarage Road boss staying but all would not go back to normal.

The results soon dried up and he was later sacked.

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‘Very close’

Now, O Jogo are reporting that Silva is close to joining Everton.

Sam Allardyce was sacked this morning to make room for the former Hull boss after issues with the fans.

Everton supporters were unhappy with the football that was on show under Allardyce and pushed him towards the door.

Though, there are said to be issues with hiring Silva with Watford looking for compensation from the club hire him.

Though, according to the report, it looks as though that problem has now been resolved.

Time will tell, but it looks as though Marco Silva will be the new Everton boss.

Everton making a mistake replacing Allardyce with Silva apparently

Mistake Sam Allardyce may have left Everton, but things aren’t going to be plain sailing yet for the Toffees, at

Mistake

Sam Allardyce may have left Everton, but things aren’t going to be plain sailing yet for the Toffees, at least according to Tony Cottee.

That’s because he thinks Marco Silva – who is of course the overwhelming favourite according to the bookies and someone the club have been trying to get for some time – might not be the right many for the club, given he didn’t end up doing well at Watford in the long term and got the sack.

He was speaking to Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily programme: “You’d like to think they’ve been thinking about who to appoint.

“Marco Silva was someone they tried to get from Watford about six months ago and it certainly disturbed him in terms of what he was doing in his job at Watford.

“I’m not so sure whether he’s the right man to take the club forward. Everyone said he did a good job at Hull but ultimately they did get relegated and then after a pretty good start at Watford he then got the sack, albeit down to Everton’s interest.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up but I’m not quite sure he’s the right man for the club.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary’s Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Style of play

The pundit also offered his support to Sam Allardyce, and noted he thinks the manager did a good job, despite being hated by the fans for the way he behaved when manager of the club and how he managed the players – not to mention the style of play on offer.

He backed Allardyce to get another job soon, and said that a Championship club looking to get promoted should consider the disgraced England manager – who will be paid the final 12 months of his contract now he’s left Everton, an amount thought to be around £6 million.

Cottee added: “The club was in turmoil after the poor start from Ronald Koeman but Sam’s come in and he’s done what Big Sam does.

“His teams don’t get relegated and he’s done his job so I think he can walk away with his head held high.

“I think they’ll be plenty of job offers for Big Sam and there’ll always will be. He’s a trouble-shooter; he goes into clubs and helps teams to survive.

“He’s very good at what he does and if you’re looking to appoint someone who’s going to get you out of the Championship then I think Sam will be a great appointment.”

 

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Two Premier League managers leave their jobs

Allardyce Sam Allardyce may think that he deserved to keep the Everton job, but the board and the fans felt

Allardyce

Sam Allardyce may think that he deserved to keep the Everton job, but the board and the fans felt a different way, and news emerged early this week that the Everton boss would be sacked come today.

That came to pass, and the club are looking at getting a new manager in as soon as possible and trying to avoid the issues they faced last season, with the summer spending a flop and the structure of the club in a total mess.

It was a band aid hire to land Allardyce and while he kept them in the league and the club finished 8th in the top flight, the football was dire and the fans knew a change was needed – and it seems the board agree, with Marco Silva once again the hot favourite to take over.

Sam Allardyce

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Moyes

Now, David Moyes has become the latest manager to leave and it seems that his departure may be a bit more consensual, with Moyes reportedly thinking he could manage a top eight side in the Premier League, though quite who that is remains to be seen.

There has obviously also been huge issues within the West Ham camp and with the board and fans this season, and a a change may well have been the best thing for everyone involved.

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