Everton Football Club has announced the dismissal of manager Frank Lampard after less than a year in charge. The decision comes after a string of poor performances, with the team currently second from bottom in the Premier League with only 15 points from 20 matches. Lampard took over as manager in January 2022, succeeding Rafael Benitez and helping the team avoid relegation. The club has thanked Lampard and his coaching staff for their service and has stated that it has begun the process of searching for a new manager.
The recent defeat at West Ham United proved to be the final straw for the Everton board, with the team having lost nine of their last 12 Premier League games. This poor run of form has left them second from bottom in the league table, only above Southampton on goal difference. The team’s struggles have led to widespread protests from fans and a sit-in demonstration after a loss to Southampton.
Everton is now looking for its sixth permanent manager in five years. Coaches Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left the club, but Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach. The club has stated that it has “started the process to secure a new manager”, with potential candidates for the position including former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and former Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
The team’s struggles on the field have been compounded by off-field issues as well, with the club’s board of directors missing a game due to what the club claimed was a “real and credible threat to their safety”. Merseyside Police stated that no such threats or incidents had been reported to officers prior to the fixture. These issues, coupled with the team’s poor performances, have led to increased pressure on Everton’s ownership and management.