Everton sacked Sam Allardyce on Wednesday as part of a major shake-up to get the club back on track.
Owner Farhad Moshiri is changing most of the Toffees board as they look to improve after a nightmare Premier League season at Goodison Park.
And Denise Barrett-Baxendale, who will officially replace Robert Elstone as the club’s CEO on June 1 as part of a raft of changes at the top, says the task of replacing Allardyce will begin immediately.
Since Moshiri took over the club in February 2016, Everton have spent around £300m on transfers market but rather than mount a challenge to the top four they are treading water.
And it cost three coaches their jobs – Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and now Big Sam.
The 63-year-old, though, is bedonnerd at losing his post after lifting the club from five points above the relegation zone to a top-eight finish since taking over in November.
The former England boss says “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.
“They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.”
Everton are now targeting former Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva to take the reins.
He will have to get the fans on his side early since the lack of support for Allardyce’s style of play left the manager badly exposed towards the end of the season with 20 000 fans walking out of the stadium in their final home game of the term.