Frank Lampard’s spell at Everton could come to an early end as the Toffees discuss the possibility of sacking the head coach.
According to a report from Football Insider, Everton are entertaining the possibility of sacking Frank Lampard. The board is not happy with the team’s performances under the Englishman and are considering a last-minute dugout change in an attempt to salvage the club’s fortunes and help them escape the wrath of relegation.
Everton are currently in a free fall, having lost 17 of their last 22 Premier League encounters. Lampard was brought in late January in order to change the club’s fortunes after a disappointing start to the season under Rafael Benitez.
However, a poor record of seven losses in just ten league matches has led Everton to become one of the prime contenders for relegation. They are currently sitting 17th in the Premier League table, just four points ahead of the drop zone, with 18th placed Burnley having a game in hand.
In addition to their dismal performances on the pitch, Everton have been subjected to various off the pitch issues. They are, in fact, at risk of being deducted points by the Premier League for failing to produce updated accounts.
In light of this ongoing crisis, the Everton hierarchy is open to making a drastic change by sacking Lampard and bringing in a new coach in a desperate attempt to change the club’s fortunes. The move has usually worked well for most relegation-threatened clubs in the past, and there is no reason why it could not work for Everton, given the squad that they have.
The report suggested Lampard faced the risk of being sacked following the game against Manchester United and that the former Chelsea boss could retain his job if the Toffees managed to muster a point or even a win against the Red Devils. But another defeat could have convinced Everton to relieve him of his duties.
As fate would have it, Everton beat Manchester United, thus alleviating the pressure on Lampard to some extent. Everton have already expressed their interest in appointing Rennes manager Bruno Genesio, but for the time being, they are likely to relay the job to Duncan Ferguson.
The Scot has played the role of an interim manager multiple times in the past and has the pedigree to bring his club out of trouble, as the Toffees brace themselves for a crucial final phase of the campaign. For now, though, the win over Manchester United will have bought Lampard some time.