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Everton sack Lampard after ninth loss in 12 games

Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard after less than a year in charge at Goodison Park.

Defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham United on Saturday was Everton’s ninth loss in 12 Premier League games.

They are second from bottom of the table with 15 points from 20 matches, above Southampton on goal difference.

Former England midfielder Lampard, 44, replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2022 with the team 16th in the table and helped Everton avoid relegation.

Everton are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in five years.

Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is on the list of candidates under discussion as a potential successor to Lampard.

The 67-year-old Argentine, who is admired by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, has not worked since being sacked by Leeds in February last year, although he remains a hero at Elland Road for taking the club back into the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether Bielsa would take a job in mid-season while former Burnley boss Sean Dyche is sure to be discussed.

Former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was discussed by Everton’s board before Lampard’s appointment a year ago and is available after leaving St Mary’s in November.

(BBC)

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