Everton fire Frank Lampard – The Athletic

Frank Lampard has been sacked by Everton after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Everton’s owner made the decision on Monday to waive Lampard’s services.

Lampard’s side were beaten 2-1 by 20th-placed Southampton last weekend and their latest defeat prompted the board to act, with Everton bottom of the table on goal difference.

The Merseyside club have recorded just three wins in 20 Premier League games this season, the last of which came against Crystal Palace on October 22. No team has won fewer games in the division so far.

Before the Southampton game, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri had given his support to Lampard, but after West Ham’s loss, he claimed it was “not his decision” to sack him.

But the defeat against West Ham, a fellow contender this season, was one defeat too many for Lampard.

Relegation battle in the Premier League

Pos Team general practitioner W D L GD Ptn

13

20

5

6

9

-19

21

14

20

5

3

12

-7

18

15

19

4

6

9

-7

18

16

20

5

3

12

-8

18

17

20

4

5

11

-18

17

18

20

4

5

11

-23

17

19

20

3

6

11

-13

15

20

20

4

3

13

-18

15

Jarrod Bowen struck twice in the first half to put the game out of reach and only a late winner from Ollie Watkins for Aston Villa against Southampton prevented Everton from finishing the day bottom of the table.

Lampard took over at Everton in January 2022, following the departure of Rafa Benitez. Under Lampard, Everton avoided relegation last season, finishing on 39 points.

After a summer that saw £84 million spent on seven permanent signings, Everton started the 2022-23 season in decent form. They lost just two of their first eight league matches and were 11th in the Premier League at the start of October.

It is the second time Lampard has been relieved of his duties with a Premier League side. In January 2021, he was sacked by Chelsea after a poor run of form saw his former club finish ninth.

Everton will host top-flight Arsenal in their next game on Saturday, February 4, before a Merseyside derby against Liverpool nine days later.

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