Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager after losing 2-0 to relegation rivals West Ham at the weekend, talkSPORT have reported.
The loss to the Hammers happened in front of the watching board, including owner Farhad Moshiri, and left the club only clear of the bottom of the Premier League on goal difference.
Despite backing the ex-Chelsea boss previously that result had sparked extensive speculation that a move would be made, and after noises coming out of the club over the weekend they appear to have pulled the trigger now.
TalkSPORT reported via Twitter: “BREAKING: Everton sack Frank Lampard. – talkSPORT sources understand”.
And host Jim White posted immediately after: “Being reported that Everton have sacked Frank Lampard. Club 19th after just 3 wins in 20 matches played.”
The Athletic’s David Ornstein added further detail on Twitter, posting: “Farhad Moshiri made decision to part ways with 44yo despite huge respect & loyalty inside club + appreciation for difficult circumstances faced during tenure.”
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It is a familiar situation for the long-suffering Toffees fanbase to see yet another manager leave after poor performances on the pitch and a miserable atmosphere surrounding the club.
It was the same situation only 12 months ago when Lampard was eventually brought in after a protracted search to replace the highly unpopular Rafael Benitez.
Supporters will have to hope that a new boss is brought in more quickly and efficiently this time, but that they do at least follow Lampard in ensuring Premier League survival.
The fury towards the owner and the board is highly unlikely to die down with the removal of the manager, even if he was no longer proving successful.
Everton’s hierarchy continue to be the common denominator as the club lurch from one crisis to another, and whoever comes in will have a serious challenge on their hands from the get go.
The turmoil continues for the supporter base, and the cycle of hiring and firing goes on despite a much-publicised strategic review that apparently wished to avoid doing so.