Premier League club Everton have sacked manager Marco Silva following a disappointing run of results that plunged them into the relegation zone, British media reported on Thursday.

Having guided Everton to eighth last season, the general mood on Merseyside was that Silva would be able to break the top-six ceiling and challenge for European football this term.

However, Everton’s form has dropped off a cliff in recent months and their league position is now perilous, with the club currently sitting in 18th place.

Silva, who took charge in May 2018, won 24 and lost 24 of his 60 games.

Former striker Duncan Ferguson has been put in temporary charge and will manage the side against Chelsea on Saturday.

The club said they aim to appoint a new manager “as swiftly as possible”.

Former Everton manager David Moyes has been considered as a potential interim successor, but the suggestion has sparked a largely negative reaction from supporters and it remains to be seen whether majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and his boardroom colleagues ignore that and invite the 56-year-old Scot to return.