By George Overhill

23rd Jan, 2023 | 4:45pm

Everton players found out about Frank Lampard sacking via talkSPORT

Some of the Everton players found out that manager Frank Lampard had been sacked by listening to talkSPORT, according to Alex Crook.

The Toffees boss has been removed with the club level on points with bottom of the league Southampton, less than 48 hours after losing 2-0 to West Ham on Saturday (21 January), in the first match attended by Farhad Moshiri for over a year.

The Everton owner held talks with the board and with the now-ex manager over the weekend [talkSPORT, 22 January] before pulling the trigger on Monday afternoon, but there was apparently no formal word to the squad before it happened.

Reporting via Twitter on Monday afternoon talkSPORT’s Crook wrote: “Also understand players at EFC had not been formally informed of Lampard’s dismissal. Some found out by listening to talkSPORT”.

Typical

This is only the latest depressing information that shows the club is not being run in an efficient manner, and Everton fans have had more than enough of it.

Having now sacked numerous managers since he took over the club Moshiri should at least have the experience to have put a proper process in place for doing so.

He is now going back to square one again, and the club are in a very similar position to where they were a year ago, except arguably worse off given they are almost bottom this time and infamously no longer have Richarlison to score goals in the relegation battle.

Everyone connected to the club will be clinging to the hope that whoever is brought in provides a sufficient bounce to revive the fortunes of Everton this season and keep them in the Premier League.

But a sustainable, long-term plan for the manager to build was supposed to be what was in place for Lampard, yet through a combination of his own deficiencies as a coach and the fact that he has not been properly equipped to be successful, that has now gone by the wayside once more.

Of course there is a chance that the next man is the right one, and he can get a tune out of a squad lacking bite up front, before adding what is needed in the summer, and fans have to hope that is the case.

But they have been through this so many times now, and whether the board members mean well or not they are compounding one mistake with another and taking the Toffees in the wrong direction.

Players hearing their manager has been sacked on the radio is emblematic of the disfunction that has got Everton to this point, and it is going to take more than a new man in the dugout to address that.