- Frank Lampard was sacked by Everton just a year after his appointment
- Lampard had a poor run of form with the Toffees, finding his side in the relegation zone in the League’s table
- The former Chelsea boss has hailed Everton as a special club in his goodbye message
After being fired earlier this week, Frank Lampard thanked the Everton supporters and praised a “special club with a huge heart.”
Lampard was fired on Monday after Everton lost 2-0 to West Ham, dropping them to 19th place and even on points with Southampton, who are directly behind them.
In January of last year, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer Lampard moved to Everton to take the place of Rafael Benitez, who was unpopular and contentious among Toffees supporters.
Lampard connected with Everton’s supporters, but he was unable to prevent a fight for survival. However, Everton’s final six games of the season saw them win three times, and a comeback victory over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park (3-2) ensured their lengthy run in the top division.
Everton’s season was hampered by the June sale of star player Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-ongoing Lewin’s injury problems. Only three victories in the league, and Lampard paid the price by becoming the sixth manager Farhad Moshiri has fired since he bought the team in 2016.
On Thursday, Lampard posted a goodbye message on his official Instagram account, with the statement also shared by the League Managers Association (LMA).
“Coming into Everton last year, I knew we were in a tough moment, and I will always be proud of the incredible work and support from everyone involved to keep the team in the Premier League last season,” Lampard wrote.
“Thanks to everybody that played their part as the whole club came together. I will never forget the incredible night against Palace that we shared.
“I want to thank all Evertonians for the welcome that you gave to myself, my staff, and my family. It truly is a special club with a huge heart and an incredible history.
“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t achieve more together and wish all the players and everyone at Everton FC the very best for the future.”
Only Mike Walker (19.4) had a better win percentage among Everton managers who oversaw at least 10 games in the Premier League than Lampard, who lasted under a year in command. Lampard won nine of his 38 Premier League games – accumulating 23.7 per cent. He won three more cup contests.
At Everton, this week has been quite hectic. They had planned to announce the loan signing of Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal after Lampard’s departure.
Danjuma, however, joined Tottenham rather than completing the transfer’s formalities.
Moshiri, the club’s owner, has confirmed that he is searching for investment but has refuted rumours that the team is for sale. There are rumours that MSP Sports Capital, an investment company with holdings in various European clubs as well as McLaren Racing of Formula One, is interested.
Everton’s quest for Lampard’s replacement is advancing in the meanwhile. Moshiri’s top candidate is reportedly former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, who arrived in London on Thursday to meet with the club’s management.
Sean Dyche, the former manager of Burnley, is supposedly a reserve contender. Ralph Hasenhuttl, Carlos Corberan of West Brom, and Davide Ancelotti, Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid, have also been mentioned.
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