Everton have sacked supervisor Frank Lampard after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by West Ham left them nineteenth within the Premier League and with out a win in 10 matches in all competitions.
Lampard’s dismissal follows Everton proprietor Farhad Moshiri attending his first match since October 2021 because the Toffees succumbed to defeat on the London Stadium – their third consecutive defeat within the league.
The previous Chelsea boss arrived at Goodison Park in January 2022, and though he helped the membership keep away from the drop final season, he leaves Everton with 15 factors from 20 video games and three wins this time period – the worst victory document within the division. Everton are nineteenth within the desk, with solely Southampton under them on objective distinction.
Everton followers protested in opposition to the membership’s hierarchy as Jarrod Bowen’s double condemned their workforce to defeat however the board have as a substitute responded by dismissing Lampard.
Talking to Sky Sports activities Information after that defeat, Moshiri mentioned “it is not my resolution” when requested if Lampard’s time was up, whereas the top coach insisted he remained centered on the problem at hand in his remaining post-match interview.
“It is my job to work and focus and preserve my head down,” Lampard advised Sky Sports activities. “I’ve acquired absolute confidence in how I wish to coach. And if they’re troublesome circumstances on the minute, for lots of various causes that I am very conscious of, then that is it. I simply should do my job and it is not for me to make too many diversions round it moderately than discuss what I can have an effect on and that is the gamers, attempting to get the correct outcomes.”
Sky Sports activities pundit Paul Merson advised Soccer Saturday that he did not imagine Lampard had misplaced the dedication of the gamers – however questioned the standard of the gamers at Lampard’s disposal.
“They don’t seem to be not attempting for Lampard, it is nothing to do with that,” mentioned Merson. “Typically you have a look at gamers and suppose, ‘they’re simply ready for the supervisor to go after which they will begin operating round once more’. They work arduous. However they’re simply less than it in the meanwhile.
“They carry on shedding to all of the groups round them, that is the concern. They’ve misplaced to Wolves, Southampton and West Ham in three of their final 5 video games.”
‘A change wanted to be made’
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Vinny O’Connor:
“It has been a case of outcomes finally deciding Frank Lampard’s destiny.
“There have been painful defeats at residence to Wolves and Southampton, fellow strugglers round Everton within the desk. The truth that they weren’t in a position to get most factors from these video games set alarm bells ringing on the membership.
“The Crystal Palace recreation in October was highlighted because the blueprint of how Everton wish to play however they’ve not been in a position to repeat that sort of type since then. One vibrant spot was the equaliser from Demarai Grey in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad.
“It has been a determined scenario all spherical. I feel the followers have a look at the scenario and say Lampard is not fully responsible for the scenario Everton discover themselves in.
“Everton should not getting a return on the over £500m they’ve invested in recruitment. Richarlison was offered in the summertime and the replacements haven’t been on the similar stage.
“When Lampard got here in, there was lots of respect for him from the Evertonians and the media right here on Merseyside due to how he handled issues and that they had been profitable in beating relegation final season. Everton haven’t been in a position to construct on that and discover themselves in one other relegation battle.
“The followers will say a change is required to be made to provide Everton the very best alternative to remain within the Premier League.”
Everton’s subsequent six fixtures
February 4 – Arsenal (H), kick-off 12.30pm
Feburary 13 – Liverpool (A), stay on Sky Sports activities, kick-off 8pm
February 18 – Leeds (H), kick-off 3pm
February 25 – Aston Villa (H), kick-off 3pm
March 4 – Nottingham Forest (A), kick-off time TBC
March 11 – Brentford (H), kick-off time TBC