BREAKING NEWS: Frank Lampard is SACKED by Everton after defeat at West Ham… with the Toffees languishing in 19th place after picking up just five points from their last 12 Premier League games
- Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard after just under a year in the role
- The former England midfielder was dismissed after an eighth loss in nine games
- Click here for all the latest news following the sacking of Lampard on Monday
Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager with the club languishing in 19th place in the Premier League and having lost eight of their last nine games in all competitions.
The former England midfielder has been dismissed following Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat against West Ham.
The result leaves Everton two points adrift of safety and with just 15 points from 20 league games this season.
Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager after Saturday’s dismal loss at West Ham
Jarrod Bowen scored twice for West Ham to condemn Everton to an eighth loss in nine games
Lampard spoke with owner Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright over the weekend, along with director of football Kevin Thelwell, and had accepted things will change after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham.
Moshiri, remarkably, abdicated responsibility over what the future held for Lampard as he left the London Stadium, telling a reporter from Sky Sports News that ‘It’s not my decision’ on managers.
Following the West Ham loss, Everton’s players were given Monday off and are not expected to return at Finch Farm until Tuesday.
Lampard leaves Goodison Park having won just 12 of his 44 games in charge of the club
While the club search for a new manager, club legend Leighton Baines, who is in charge of the Under 18s, and Under 21 head coach Paul Tait are in line to oversee the day-to-day matters.
Ahead of the West Ham defeat Lampard had called his players together to show some balls with a week of hard graft leading up to the relegation clash.
However, his battle cry appeared to fall on deaf ears as the Toffees hardly put up a fight in the defeat.
The match saw Lampard meet Everton supporters before the game, and many believed the former Derby and Chelsea boss was already looking weary.
Since the World Cup, the Toffees have picked up just one point from five league games – a draw against Manchester City – while they have also crashed out of the FA Cup to Manchester United.
They’ve suffered damaging defeats by fellow strugglers Wolves, Southampton and West Ham over recent weeks, leaving Lampard’s position untenable.
The 44-year-old guided the Toffees to survival last year with several dramatic late-season wins
Their poor form on the pitch has also been marred by off-pitch protests by fans towards the club’s deeply unpopular board, with players such as Yerry Mina and Anthony Gordon also confronted by angry supporters after the defeat by Southampton earlier this month.
Lampard leaves Goodison Park having won just 12 of his 44 games in charge of the club, with 23 losses in that time – leaving him with a win percentage of 27 per cent.
The 44-year-old arrived at the club at the end of January 2021 having been out of work for more than a year following his departure from Chelsea.
Lampard called their win against Crystal Palace to confirm survival as ‘one of the greatest nights of my career’
He replaced Rafael Benitez and helped guide the Toffees to safety as they secured dramatic late-season victories against Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester and Crystal Palace to stay up after it looked as if they were doomed to relegation.
The win over Palace saw the Toffees come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 to confirm their survival – in an evening that Lampard described as ‘one of the greatest nights of my career’.
Despite a positive start to this season that saw Everton lose just two of their first eight games and on the verge of the top half, their form has plummeted since a 2-1 win over Southampton in early October.
Despite being the early bookies favourite to replace Lampard, former Burnley boss Sean Dyche is not a preferred candidate to take over by the Toffees’ board
Either side of the World Cup break they’ve picked up just five points from 11 games and also crashed out of the Carabao Cup in embarrassing fashion – losing 4-1 to Bournemouth.
And Saturday’s defeat at the Hammers was the final straw for Lampard, with David Moyes’s side picking up their first win in eight games.
Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the early bookies favourite for the role, but he is not among the board’s preferred candidates and has not been approached over the role. Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson and Nuno Espirito Santo have also been linked with the job.
Lampard joins an ever-growing list of managers who have been bestowed with the responsibility of taking Everton forward on Farhad Moshiri’s watch but have been cast aside, the chopping and changing causing havoc along the way. Nobody has completed two full seasons in the hot seat since 2016.
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