Premier League club Everton are expected to sack manager Frank Lampard on Monday, according to reports.
A year on from Rafael Benitez losing his job, the Toffees will need to find a replacement for the Spaniard’s successor.
Everton are once again struggling this season after narrowly avoiding relegation in 2021-22.
With three wins from their opening 20 matches, Lampard’s side are joint-bottom in the Premier League with only goal difference separating them and 20th-placed Southampton.
The Toffees were beaten 2-0 by struggling West Ham United on Saturday in what was a massive match.
There was a belief that the loser of the match would sack their manager as a result, with David Moyes also under a great deal of pressure despite the great work he has done in east London over the last three seasons.
It has actually been reported that Everton would try to appoint their former manager, Moyes, should he become available.
It is perhaps a surprise to some that Lampard is still in a job two days after the loss at the London Stadium.
However, “a decision has been taken” and the former Chelsea boss is expected to be relieved of his duties on Monday, according to Sky Sports.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, correspondent Vinny O’Connor said: “There is an inevitability about it. We are hearing that effectively a decision has been taken and the expectation is that at some point today (Monday) it will announced that Frank Lampard will be leaving his post as Everton manager.”
Lampard inherited an Everton side 16th in the Premier League with one win in four months under Benitez.
They were four points above the relegation zone at the time and ended up finishing the season in the same position in the league and the same amount of points above the bottom three.
There was a few times when Everton looked doomed – especially after an away defeat to Burnley – but they managed to avoid the drop, with Richarlison’s form to thank.
Lampard has not had the Brazilian forward to call upon this term, however, after he joined Tottenham in the summer transfer window.
His goals have been missed and Everton are now in deep trouble yet again.
The Toffees actually made some positive signings last summer, bringing in Amadou Onana from Lille, as well as experienced trio James Tarkowski, Conor Coady and Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Everton actually went six games unbeaten at the start of the season after narrowly losing their opening two fixtures.
With Lampard expected to leave, the current bookies’ favourite to take over at Goodison Park is Sean Dyche. Poor sod.