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Big Premier League Manager Fired After Just One Season

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Frank Lampard has been fired from his position as manager of Everton after a tenure of less than a year at the Goodison Park club. The team’s recent defeat at West Ham United, a club also battling in the lower echelons of the Premier League, proved to be the final straw for the club’s management, who have decided to dismiss Lampard from his position.

Currently sitting second from the bottom of the table with 15 points from 20 matches, above Southampton on goal difference alone, Everton has struggled mightily this season. Lampard, a former England international midfielder, was brought in to replace Rafael Benitez in January 2022, and though he was able to steer the team clear of the relegation zone, the club’s fortunes have not improved under his leadership.

The club released a statement expressing gratitude for Lampard and his coaching staff’s “commitment and dedication” during the “challenging 12 months,” but cited the team’s recent results and league position as the rationale behind the difficult decision to dismiss the manager. Assistant coaches Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole, and Chris Jones have also been let go, with the exception of goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.

Looking For A New Manager

Everton has now begun the process of identifying and securing a new manager, and a plethora of names have been mentioned as potential candidates, including Marcelo Bielsa, Sean Dyche, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Carlos Corberan. Bielsa, in particular, is said to be admired by Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri and has not worked since being sacked by Leeds United in February 2021, though he remains a beloved figure at Elland Road for leading the club back to the Premier League.

Everton’s search for a new manager marks the club’s sixth permanent manager in five years and the team’s performances this season has also led to widespread protests from fans against the board in recent games, and supporters even staged a sit-in demonstration after a loss to Southampton.

The club’s board of directors missed that game due to the alleged “real and credible threat to their safety” but no threats or incidents were reported by the Merseyside Police. Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri and long-serving chairman Bill Kenwright were present at the West Ham game, and when questioned by Sky Sports, Moshiri suggested that it was not his decision to dismiss Lampard.

The club has yet to make any signings in the January transfer window despite spending over £80m in the summer, including the £33m signing of Amadou Onana from Lille and £20m purchase of Dwight McNeil from Burnley. Lampard’s first steps in management were with Derby County in 2018, where he led the team to the Championship play-off final, before taking over at Chelsea in 2019, where he was dismissed after 18 months.

Players Understand The Sacking

Former Everton captain Alan Stubbs and forward Kevin Campbell both expressed sympathy for Lampard but acknowledged that the decision to sack him was understandable. Stubbs stated that Lampard has been dealing with a lot of problems from previous decisions made by the board and managers, and ultimately, the poor results this season led to his dismissal.

Campbell added that the sacking puts the spotlight on the club’s management and board and that they will be under scrutiny for their next moves. Both agreed that the problems at Goodison Park run deeper and that the board and owner need to have a plan to address them.

Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe stated that the club is heading towards relegation, and the recruitment has been poor, and the players are not good enough. He also highlighted the lack of planning for the future and the club’s constant replacement of managers.



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