Wayne Rooney's future out of my hands, Sam Allardyce says

Wayne Rooney's cracker against West Ham and Wanyama celebrates against Liverpool

Allardyce is scheduled to meet Everton's major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, in the coming days and his departure is expected to be announced by the end of the week.

Everton want former Watford boss Marco Silva to replace Allardyce.

Moyes's contract with West Ham expired following Sunday's 3-1 win against Everton.

Forward of crunch talks with proprietor Farhad Moshiri, Allardyce mentioned: 'I cannot fairly say I am assured after all of the rumours I am studying as a result of, usually, there isn't a smoke with out hearth, is there? Generally there's no smoke without fire.

Appearing on Sky Sports on Monday, Allardyce admitted that he did not know what his future would hold beyond the meeting with Moshiri.

A dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman had Everton fearing being sucked into a relegation battle but stability and a push towards the Europa League spots did not placate the Everton support after Allardyce was given an 18-month contract.

ESPN led with claims from their sources that Allardyce would be leaving Everton later this week and that was followed by corroborating suggestion by Andy Hunter which will be on the back page of tomorrow's print edition of The Guardian.

Allardyce secured an eighth-place finish for Everton in the Premier League after just two defeats in their final nine league matches.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva and and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca are the bookies favourites to replace Allardyce, wither veteran Dutch tactician Louis van Gaal also listed as a contender after his spell at Manchester United ended in May 2016.

The Hornets then sacked Silva in January after a poor run of results, effectively blaming the Toffees' move for their manager in November as "the catalyst for this decision" and insisting they would have continued to prosper but for "an unwarranted approach".

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