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Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard’s reign as Everton manager is over after he was sacked this afternoon.

The former Chelsea and Derby boss was told his 357 day spell in charge had come to an end during a phone call with Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder.

It was the inevitable conclusion following weeks in which he has been on the brink and

Lampard had Sunday in discussions with Moshiri, Chairman Bill Kenwright and Kevin Thelwell, Everton’s Director of Football, after a 2-0 defeat at West Ham – Everton’s 11th loss in their last 14 games in all competitions

Everton, who are in desperate need of new players, are close to finalising a deal to sign Arnaut Danjuma on loan until the end of the campaign but that business has been concluded while Lampard awaited to learn his fate.

The 44-year-old had 18 months left on the contract he signed on January 31 last year.

It has not yet been confirmed but it is expected his backroom staff of joe Edwards, Chris Jones, Paul Clement and Ashley Cole will also leave with Lampard.

It has been a hugely challenging time for Lampard, who had a grown to have a huge affinity for the club, was enjoying living in the North West and was desperate to bring success to a set of fans who had never given him anything other than public support.

He had seen Everton miss out on a number of transfer targets that he was keen on – most notably Danny Ings, who left Aston Villa to join West Ham – and was on the back foot from the start of the season after Richarlison was sold to Tottenham.

Everton’s problems on the field are best encapsulated by the fact they have only scored two goals or more in two of their 20 Premier League games and the lack of firepower has led to a draining of confidence.

Lampard has also had to deal with disciplinary issues within his squad and last week was forced to send Abdoulaye Doucoure to train on his own following an exchange after the 2-1 defeat to Southampton on January 14.

Everton will now begin the search for the seventh manager in the last seven years.

Defeat at West Ham 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.

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.

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.