Everton could already look to move on from Sam Allardyce this summer.
Everton may have only appointed Sam Allardyce as Ronald Koeman's replacement back in November, but they may already be plotting a managerial change.
Allardyce's initial upturn in results has faded since his appointment, with just two wins in the last 10 games in all competitions – and results, coupled with a disappointing brand of football, have put Allardyce's position in question already.
The Daily Mail now report that Everton could replace Allardyce this summer, as a new move for Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is being lined up, having missed out on him before appointing Allardyce.
It was claimed by The Independent that Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri held a meeting with Fonseca and his agent Jorge Mendes back in November to attempt to seal his passage to Goodison Park, but Shakhtar stood in the way.
That was the second snub Everton felt, having seen Watford block a move for Marco Silva, and whilst Silva is now available having been sacked last month, it may now be time for Fonseca to be Plan A for Everton.
Fonseca, 44, dominated Ukrainian football last season with a domestic treble, whilst he has even taken Shakhtar into the last 16 of the Champions League this season, coming through a tough group including Manchester City, Napoli and Feyenoord.
The former Porto boss has impressed with Shakhtar since his 2016 move, and he certainly appears to be more appealing right now than his Portuguese compatriot Silva, whose shine has been lost in the aftermath of his Watford sacking after a torrid run of form.
In November, it seemed that Silva was Moshiri's first choice, with Fonseca second and Allardyce a third, 'break glass in case of emergency' option. With Allardyce struggling, returning for two targets makes sense for Everton – but this time, Moshiri must prioritise Fonseca over Silva, putting his Champions League work over Silva's short burst of results earlier this season.