The dismissal of Frank Lampard put Everton under threat of relegation, and they went on the hunt for their eighth permanent manager in less than seven years.
There doesn’t seem to be a standout candidate to replace him, but whoever he is, he is facing a difficult task as the Premier League bottom line team has only won once in their last 14 games in all competitions.
The PA news agency is looking into how Everton got into this situation.
Why did Lampard leave?
It really does mean the obvious, but it tells its own story with three wins over the entire season, nine losses in the last 12 league games, and a total of 35 points from 38 Premier League games he took over almost a year ago. The club has been mired in a second consecutive fight against relegation, and the first relegation since 1951 appears to be a real threat.
He hasn’t even been on duty for a year, what went wrong?
Lampard took over a mess from the hugely unpopular ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, but they went further back last January after taking over a team in 16th place and four points above the relegation zone. But the problems run deeper than that, as the downward decline has accelerated since 2015.
How did things go bad? Lampard was supposed to be the antidote to the 200 days of Benitez sadness.
Recruitment has been a key issue for several years and has been no different under Lampard. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing most of last season and selling the top scorer of the summer, Richarlison, the need for a new striker was inevitable. However, spending £15m on Brighton’s Neal Maupay (27 goals in 115 Premier League games) was never seen as the answer, and 20 million on relegated Burnley winger Dwight McNeil (9 goals and 18 assists in 152 Premier League games) Spending pounds seemed like a luxury purchase. need. They were interested in Blackburn’s Ben Brereton-Diaz, but delayed it because a player was worth £15m in the final year of his contract. Another injury, which Calvert-Lewin limited to just 11 games, exacerbated the problem. Everton wanted Danny Ings in January but Financial Fair Play restrictions meant they couldn’t approve the £12m upfront fee. Even seasoned signings Conor Coady (on loan) and James Tarkowski (free) seem to be feeling the pressure.
How much is Lampard guilty of?
His confession earlier this month that he didn’t expect the team to make much progress in surviving relegation in last season’s penultimate game was both damning and alarming for fans. Even after nearly a year in office, Lampard lacked an established line-up and defined style, and as the results deteriorated, the 44-year-old with limited experience at Derby and Chelsea grew more and more into his depths.
So will fans be happy that he’s gone?
Yes and no. Lampard is seen as symptomatic of the club’s wider problems of being a bad choice on a long list of bad decisions. Fans are even more angry at the club’s board, particularly long-term president Bill Kenwright and CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, for what they perceive as years of mismanagement that has wasted significant financial investments (more than £500m for players and player building). A new stadium by owner Farhad Moshiri.
What will happen now?
Find a new manager quickly. There was more than two weeks between their final dismissal and their appointment, and this was played out in public embarrassment when the shortlisted Vitor Pereira went on TV after loud protests from fans and unsuccessfully stole his credentials. Unfortunately, the list of options isn’t particularly inspiring, and there’s an established philosophy within the club, and there’s no question whether the director of football Kevin Thelwell, Moshiri or Kenwright should decide, both need clarity of thought at the top. for the present and the future. Also, having reached the third week of the transfer window without signing, additions should be made to the roster and preferably not a deadline shot like 12 months ago.