Everton Chef Farhad Moshiri called the players after saying he had fired Marco Silva. The Portuguese was relieved of his duties tonight after Everton was defeated by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and they fell in the top three.
And the majority owner Moshiri spent the afternoon at Finch Farm training camp to deliver the bullet to Silva, but also spent time talking with the players.
Following a board meeting, including Bill Kenwright and football director Marcel Brands, Moshiri urged players to stay behind after training to discuss the club's future.
And it is understood that the 64-year-old gathered the players and asked for a response in the field to the current unease in Goodison Park.
Everton face Chelsea on Saturday and Duncan Ferguson is in charge until a permanent successor is found.
An Everton statement read: “The Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.
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“Major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, President Bill Kenwright and the Board of Directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the past 18 months and wish him well in the future.
“Duncan Ferguson has temporarily taken over as first team and will manage the team for the match against Chelsea on Saturday.
"The club wants to confirm a new permanent manager as soon as possible."
David Moyes is a big favorite to be the next boss and was defended by Kenwright.
Some fans are afraid of him coming back, however, with other options, including Mikel Arteta, Eddie Howe and Phil Neville.
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Former Everton striker Andy Gray believes Moyes will mark the boxes the club is looking for.
He said on beIN Sport: "[Moyes is] a great possibility.
"If Everton could tell David Moyes, why don't we look at each other now? We don't know how you have been since you left, you think you've become a better manager, we're not sure.
"But we're prepared to give you a chance. Why don't you accept an 18-month contract with the summer option, if any of us are unhappy, to bow.
"But come in, steady the ship, and if we both think it was good at the end of the season – give you an extended contract and move on."
However, Gray added, "I'm sure David would be reluctant to do that.
"I think if you were asked to do the work, it would be to do the work. And give him a decent contract and stay with him."
"I don't know if it's the right decision. I like David and I think he's a good coach."
"I think he learned from what happened at Old Trafford and his time in Spain.
"He did very well at West Ham when he was there too. He is very experienced, knows the league, knows the players."
"He marks many boxes."