English club Everton, threatened with relegation from the Premier League, confirmed on Wednesday the dismissal of its coach, Frank Lampard, less than a year after his appointment.
Lampard had replaced the Spaniard Rafael Benitez from Chelsea in January 2022, but Everton’s results were not up to expectations with the team finishing in the penultimate nineteenth place in the “Premier League” table.
“The determination and dedication of Frank and his team (his assistants are also leaving the club) have been exemplary throughout their time at the club, but recent results and their current position in the table mean that this difficult decision has to be taken,” the club said in a statement.
In an indication of the unrest in the club, the team’s owners were ordered earlier this month to move away from the “Goodison Park” stadium due to supposed security risks.
Everton suffered a painful defeat against struggling West Ham, in turn, 0-2, on Saturday, which is the ninth loss in the last 12 league matches.
Club owner Farhad Moshiri, who was present at that match, was asked if it was time to sack Lampard, and he told Sky Sports: “I can’t comment. It’s not my decision.”
Speaking about his future, Lampard, in turn, said, “These things are not my choice. My job is to work, focus and keep calm.”
He added, “I know that there are things that happen in the club, but it was never a consequence for me, whether it was the club president or a member of the board of directors in the match.”