Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard after he was in the job for less than a year.
The club have suffered a poor run of form and are currently languishing second from bottom of the Premier League, with no wins in their last 10 games in all competitions.
They were beaten 2-0 by fellow strugglers West Ham on Saturday and currently sit 19th in the table – only above bottom-placed Southampton on goal difference.
Lampard’s dismissal follows Everton owner Farhad Moshiri attending his first match since October 2021 as the Toffees succumbed to defeat at the London Stadium – their third consecutive loss in the league.
The former Chelsea boss was appointed at Goodison Park at the end of January 2022, and although he helped the club avoid the drop last season, he leaves Everton with 15 points from 20 games and three wins this term – the worst victory record in the division.
They last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home.
The Toffees have also been eliminated from both domestic cup competitions.
Speaking to Sky Sports News after Saturday’s defeat to West Ham, Moshiri said “it’s not my decision” when asked if Lampard’s time was up, while Lampard insisted he remained focused on the challenge at hand in his post-match interview.
“It’s my job to work and focus and keep my head down,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “I’ve got absolute confidence in how I want to coach. And if they are difficult conditions at the minute, for a lot of different reasons that I’m very aware of, then that’s it.
“I just have to do my job and it’s not for me to make too many diversions around it rather than talk about what I can affect and that’s the players, trying to get the right results.” (Sky News)