Lampard faces the axe by Everton

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Everton have fired manager Frank Lampard after Saturday’s defeat at West Ham added to a dismal run of nine defeats in 12 Premier League games. 

Lampard, 44, exits Goodison Park less than a year into the role with the Toffees sat joint-bottom of the Premier League table, with only goal difference keeping them above Southampton.

In a bizarre twist, the news was being reported by national newspaper journalists from mid-afternoon on Monday but there was no sign of a statement from the club itself until late into the evening, prompting anger from Evertonians across social media. 

The 2-0 away defeat at struggling West Ham proved to be the final straw for the Everton board, who themselves have been the focus of supporters’ fury at the sorry state of the Merseyside club.

Ex-England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard hoped his side had turned a corner with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at champions Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, but will now vacate the Goodison hotseat.

The three-time Premier League winner left Derby in July 2019 to take the managerial role at Chelsea, where he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January 2021.

Everton, meanwhile, will now begin their search for an eighth permanent manager in seven years.

A club statement read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard has left his post as Senior Men’s First Team Manager today. 

“Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months.