Everton’s manager Frank Lampard, who are in the last two places of the English Premier League, has been sacked.
Everton’s 2-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday placed the team in the penultimate position in 20 of 38 games and has the same points as last-placed Southampton.
The Chelsea legend had the public support of the club’s owners, but the massive damage he inflicted on struggling mates Southampton and West Ham made a change necessary.
The task of being successful this season has been made even more difficult as Everton will face the next league leaders Arsenal and then visit Anfield.
Just over a year after Rafael Benitez’s unfortunate 200-day stay ended, owner Farhad Moshiri has officially fired his sixth manager in less than seven years since taking over the club.
The former Derby and Chelsea boss has won just nine of the 38 Premier League games he has played since taking over, losing 21, leaving the team eight days before the first anniversary of his appointment.
Everton have scored just 34 goals during Lampard’s tenure, and have scored 15 in 20 games this season.
He is leaving the club looking for the eighth permanent coach since May 2016 and the first relegation since 1951 looks big.