Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard - Everton Manager Sacked Frank Lampard - Shutterstock/Simon Dael

Frank Lampard – Everton Manager Sacked Frank Lampard – Shutterstock/Simon Dael

Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager and has become the seventh victim of the Farhad Moshiri era.

Eleven days after gaining the support of the majority shareholder, Lampard was informed that the club had decided to terminate his contract in an attempt to save the club from relegation.

Everton were relegated to 19th in the Premier League after a disastrous run of results, Lampard unable to continue last season’s high as they avoided relegation to the championship in the penultimate match.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder will leave Goodison Park feeling increasingly helpless to contain the crisis.

Last Friday, he hinted that if the Premier League match against West Ham was his last as manager, he would leave believing he had “given everything” to help the club.

Those who sympathize with Lampard will point out that he is the latest in a series of Everton managers who have failed to reverse a steady decline at the bottom of the table. Of those appointed by Moshiri since buying a majority stake in the Merseyside club, only Carlo Ancelotti has avoided sacking by joining Real Madrid.

Everton’s ability to recruit top-class players has been undermined by costly past mistakes – especially in the early years of Moshiri’s rule – meaning Lampard has been increasingly desperate to increase his firepower.

He lost last year’s top scorer Richarlison last season and has been unable to find a similar replacement, investing most of last summer’s funds in an attempt to bolster his backline with the free signing of James Tarkowski and a loan deal for Conor Coady from Wolves. .

The signing of Brighton’s Neal Maupaya, whom Lampard and director of football Kevin Thelwell had pursued for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Díaz, did not work out. Lampard and Thelwell felt Maupay’s Premier League experience made him a safer bet, but he failed to score.

This left Lampard totally reliant on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness and he will have similar thoughts to his predecessor Rafael Benitez as he reflects on how and where his reign developed.

At the start of the season, Everton looked for a firmer defense that lacked the finishing touches to score more points. But when Calvert-Lewin returned from injury, they were already in the quagmire and overall performance levels had declined.

Given Moshiri’s erratic recruitment processes in the past, it remains to be seen which direction she will go next. He has a history of interviewing managers of very different profiles and visions, and the added complication is that the relationship between the Everton board and the fans has broken down to the point where there is no certainty that they will be able to organize the next meeting well .

Moshiri will naturally want a manager who can take the club out of the top three. He must also take into account the value of the coach, who in the event of a black scenario of relegation from the league can lead the club out of the championship.

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