Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”

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Everton Appoint Ex-Watford Coach Silva As New Manager

Everton have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on their official website on Thursday.

Silva, who was fired by Watford mid last season, replaces Sam Allardyce.

Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru is an Everton player, although he spent last season on loan at Anderlecht.

“Marco Silva has revealed his pride at being appointed Everton manager and his resolve to build a winning side with a winning style and a deep connection between the team and Evertonians,” Everton stated.

“The 40-year-old Portuguese confirmed himself as one of Europe’s most talented young bosses in trophy-winning spells in charge of Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos after overseeing the remarkable rise of GD Estoril in his homeland.

“Silva introduced an ambitious and expressive style of football at Hull City following his move to the Premier League in January 2017 and effected a similar transformation in playing philosophy at Watford after taking over at Vicarage Road last summer.”

Director of Football Marcel Brands described Silva as a manager “who wants to play attractive, attacking football and also wants to work in the structure we have at Everton” and Silva believes the fans will be proud of what they see on the pitch next season.

“I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,” Silva told evertontv. “I’m excited and I’m really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.

“I want to express my thanks to Farhad, to the Chairman, to the Board of Directors and to Marcel as well for the confidence in my work. I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge.

“We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way. But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.

“I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch. I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.

“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.

“Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the Club. The Club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the Club.

“Everybody knows Everton’s history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win. In football it is impossible to win every match but we must do everything to show in every game that we have ambition. That is what I want and I’m sure we will show that every single week.”

Allardyce Sacked As Everton Manager

Everton sacked manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday after a six-month reign that saw the former England national team boss steer the Merseyside club to eighth place in the Premier League.

 Allardyce, who replaced sacked Dutch manager Ronald Koeman in November with the club 13th and five points above the relegation zone, still had a year to run on his contract.

 

“On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr (Farhad) Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months,” Everton’s newly-announced CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale said on the club’s website.

“Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that. However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.”

Despite a doing a solid job, the 63-year-old Allardyce had fallen out with a large majority of Everton’s fans who were not impressed with his management style.

Allardyce, who was briefly England manager in 2016 before returning to club management at Crystal Palace last season, had already reacted angrily to the structural changes at the club prior to his meeting with majority owner Iranian-born British tycoon Farhad Moshiri.

“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,” he told the Liverpool Post on Tuesday.

“They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.”

Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park.