Frank Lampard sacked as Everton coach after ‘tough 12 months’

Everton confirm Frank Lampard’s departure as manager.

The 44-year-old was sacked less than a year later at Goodison Park and the club struggled for relegation for the second consecutive season.

News of Lampard’s fate was widely reported on Monday afternoon, but was not officially announced by the club until 8 PM.

The statement read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard is leaving his position as senior men’s first-team manager today.

“Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching team for their service over the tough 12 months.”

Lampard is leaving Goodison Park, which is ranked 19th in the Premier League after nine losses in 12 games. He won just nine of his 38 Premier League games and lost 21, and his dismissal comes eight days before the first anniversary of his appointment.

“The dedication and dedication of Frank and his team throughout their time at the club was exemplary, but the recent results and current league position meant that this difficult decision had to be made. We wish Frank and the entire backroom team all the best for their future in the game.” .

“The club has started the process of finding a new manager and will provide updates on the appointment in due course.”

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The defeat at West Ham was the last straw for Frank Lampard (Victoria Jones/PA).

Backroom staff members Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left, but Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach.

Paul Tait and Leighton Baines will oversee training until a new manager is appointed.

Everton have brought in former Chelsea and Derby boss Lampard as successor to Rafael Benitez, who has just 200 days in office. His departure means Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is looking for his eighth permanent manager since taking over the club in February 2016.

Moshiri had offered Lampard public support as recently as 13 January, but defeats that had greatly damaged Southampton and West Ham fighting mates necessitated a change.

Everton scored only 15 goals in 20 Premier League appearances this term and only managed to find the net twice in a game.

Everton fans protest defeat at West Ham

Everton fans protested his defeat at West Ham (Zac Goodwin/PA).

With the likelihood of relegation rising for the first time since 1951, Lampard’s departure adds to the current turmoil surrounding the club.

There has been widespread fan unrest and numerous demonstrations against the club’s board in recent weeks. Board members were absent from the last game against Southampton due to safety concerns.

The club’s delay in confirming Lampard’s dismissal, although widely reported for several hours already, may have left fans disappointed in light of complaints about poor communication.

Football expert Jamie Carragher, former Liverpool defender but childhood Everton, was unbelievable about the situation.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “Everton is the worst managed club in the country.

“You start with the owner, Farhad Moshiri. He doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he has a lot of money. Why does every Everton manager fail? Every time[manager]fails, you have to look to the top.”

Lampard’s analyst friend Gary Neville, a former England teammate, felt that the club’s belated media communications epitomized their discomfort.

These are signs of an unorganized club.

“If you’ve continued to fail after a period of six or seven years and you’re in misery for the fans, at that point you have to start looking over the football and the coaching staff. You have to look at the top.”

Upstairs problems had seen Lampard largely escape the anger of fans, but former Everton striker Kevin Campbell felt the club had no choice but to make the change.

He told Sky Sports News: “The inevitable happened. It didn’t go as planned and the club pulled the trigger.

“I supported Frank Lampard but in the end it’s about the results and I think the club had to take action.

“The club is a bit toxic right now so they need to do something to address the slide.”

It is not clear where the club will go next. Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche and former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa have emerged as early favourites, despite representing very different football philosophies.

Duncan Ferguson, who has taken over twice as a guard, has his luck cut short, while former Toffees favorite Wayne Rooney, who is now in charge of DC United, is also linked.

Other names in the frame could be Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nuno Espirito Santo.

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is the favorite to take over from Frank Lampard (Zac Goodwin/PA).

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs thinks the diversity of people mentioned highlights the club’s lack of clear direction.

He said: “It sums it up. One on one end of the scale and the other on the other – and in a way that doesn’t surprise me at all. I have to be honest, I don’t know where Everton is turning.”

A planned deal is a loan move for Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma. It appears that an agreement has been reached, and a statement is unlikely to be affected by Lampard’s departure.

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