Moyes in Toffees contention after axe falls on Silva
Everton have sacked manager Marco Silva after a run of eight defeats in 11 matches left the club in the Premier League's bottom three.
The Portuguese has overseen a period of steady decline since early September and falling into the relegation zone after a humiliating 5-2 defeat in the Merseyside derby at Anfield proved the final straw.
Duncan Ferguson has taken temporary charge of the Toffees and will oversee tomorrow's clash against Chelsea.
A statement from the club read: "Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.
"Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and the board of directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future."
It concluded: "The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible."
Former manager David Moyes, potentially in association with ex-player Tim Cahill, appears to be the front-runner for a permanent return to the club he left for Manchester United in 2013 but his name is not universally popular with fans.
Of Everton's six wins this season half have come in the Carabao Cup, reaching the quarter-finals with a forthcoming tie at home to Leicester.
However, even the lure of potentially challenging for a first trophy since 1995 was not enough to save Silva with their Premier League future coming under increasing threat.
The Toffees have spent just four seasons outside of the top flight in their 132-year history and have been an ever-present since 1954.