Everton are reportedly on the hunt for a new manager with a trusted Sky Sports reporter claiming the Toffees are expected to confirm Frank Lampard has been sacked later on Monday.
The Toffees are in a disastrous run of form with Lampard overseeing just 12 wins in 44 games since taking charge one year ago. And while he did just about enough to ensure their survival last season, this time around Everton find themselves 19th in the Premier League table.
Indeed, the Toffees are now without a win in 10 games, with their last success a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on October 22.
Speculation over Lampard’s future began to intensify following Saturday’s limp 2-0 defeat at West Ham. In a game they badly needed to take something from, the Merseysiders put up a meak display at the London Stadium.
Lampard stated after the game that he is prepared to dig in to turn around Everton’s form.
“Those things are not my choice, it is my job to work, focus and keep my head down,” Lampard said post-match on Saturday.
“I know there’s things going on at the club but it’s never been a consequence for me whether a chairman or board member is at the game.
“I was at Chelsea for 18 months and the owner didn’t come to one competitive game. It’s not about that to me. It’s not for me to guess what he thought about the game.
“It would hard for me to sit here and talk about the right direction because of the result. We stayed up by the skin of our teeth last year and were five points shy of safety with not many games to go.”
Sky Sports man reveals Lampard faces Everton sack
“I’ve said that we might stay where we are, and was questioned whether that is competitive enough talk. But, for me, if you are in a club where the club has moved downwards with serious investment, the conditions now are that we don’t have that investment and we are trying to rebuild.
“That doesn’t mean straight away you start climbing stairs. It means you have to dig in as a club and I’m prepared to dig in.”
However, with majority owner Farhad Moshiri discussing Lampard’s future with other board members over the weekend, it seems a decision has been reached.
Now Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor claims an announcement over his sack may be made official today.
“There is an inevitability about it,” he said. “We are hearing that a decision has been taken and the decision is that at some point today it will be announced that Frank Lampard will be leaving.
“It will be less than a year since he took charge. He was actually appointed on January 31 last year. And it’s been a year and seven days since Rafa Benitez was removed from the position as Everton manager.
“You can see why Everton are in this position once again. Second bottom, only off the bottom on goal difference. The fact they have lost at home to Southampton and Wolves in recent weeks and you saw the performance at West Ham on Saturday. They made mistakes defensively and looking toothless again in attack and that has all added up to Everton’s problems.”
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O’Connor continued: “There is a real fear here [about relegation] and you have seen the atmopshere around the club. So it is a big decision facing Everton’s board.
“They want to get a bit of unity back around this place because there is a disconnect between the fans and the board…. certainly they are holding them more accountable than Frank Lampard.
“So we’re expecting change at Everton once again at a real crucial point in the season.”
The search for Lampard’s successor at Goodison Park will get underway immediately as they plot a route to survival.
However, per reports, the club has already come to a decision with Duncan Ferguson widely tipped to take over.
The 51-year-old is a popular figure at Goodison Park, having served as a player with distinction as well as a couple of spells as caretaker manager.
The Scotsman has been out of work since leaving Everton just under one year ago.
But with Everton not back in action until February 4, in a crucial, televised game at home to Arsenal, Ferguson is expected to be in the hotseat long before then. That will give him well over a week to try and stabilise the club and get them pulling in the right direction.