Paul Clement, Ashley Cole, Joe Edwards and Chris Jones expected to follow sacked Frank Lampard out of Everton
Frank Lampard’s backroom coaching staff, including big-names Paul Clement and Ashley Cole, are expected to leave Everton after the manager was sacked on Monday afternoon, the Daily Mail reports.
The Toffees boss has been removed from his position following a miserable run that has left the club 19th in the Premier League, without a win since 22 October.
A 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals West Ham on Saturday (21 January), in the presence of Farhad Moshiri and the rest of the board, has proven the final straw and he was sacked less than 48 hours later.
His big-name coaching team came in with high expectations a year ago when the former Chelsea boss was appointed to replace Rafael Benitez, but are now also expected to depart Goodison Park.
Dominic King reported in the Daily Mail immediately after Lampard’s sacking came out: “It has not yet been confirmed but it is expected his backroom staff of Joe Edwards, Chris Jones, Paul Clement and Ashley Cole will also leave with Lampard.”
The quartet all had links to the now-former Toffees boss via Stamford Bridge and their exit will clean house after Duncan Ferguson left in the summer.
There were some big names brought in to support Lampard and while it ultimately proved just about enough to come through the relegation battle last season there has been nowhere near enough evidence on the pitch since.
It was a solid if unspectacular start to the current campaign, aided by the arrival of centre-back pairing Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, plus the midfield singing of Amadou Onana.
But aside from Alex Iwobi, there hasn’t been a huge amount of growth from players already at the club, and between the manager and his staff they have been entirely unable to arrest the worrying slide.
Clearly, getting rid of the manager and a number of high profile coaches isn’t going to be a cheap manoeuvre when the club is already strapped for cash, and fans will have to hope that it doesn’t derail January transfer window plans.
The fact that whoever takes over will likely be inheriting an Everton squad that he has had little or no chance to alter once again is the same old story.
The team was only heading in one direction under Lampard of late, so it isn’t hard to argue that he was no longer the answer, but it is yet another reset in emergency circumstances with yet more money wasted on a plan that goes out the window.
Perhaps this move had to be made, but it goes on the pile with so many others that have left Everton in such reduced circumstances, and short of a transformative new manager coming in it’s hard to see how the situation improves long-term.