Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard after a run of nine defeats in 12 games that has left the club in the Premier League relegation zone, sources have told ESPN.
Sources have said that Everton are close to appointing a replacement with Premier League experience. The club are considering former Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo, now coaching Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, former Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa, and former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Lampard was appointed manager at Goodison Park on Jan. 31 last year following the dismissal of Rafael Benitez and the former Chelsea boss was able to steer the team away from relegation in the final week of the season.
But Everton’s performances and results this season have placed the club at risk of relegation from the Premier League for the first time, prompting the club board to fire the 44-year-old.
The Merseyside club suffered their sixth Premier League loss in the past seven games with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday.
It followed a demoralizing home defeat to Southampton last week where the club’s board of directors was advised not to attend because of a “real and credible threat to their safety and security.”
Everton are in 19th place in the league table with 15 points, two points from safety. Their next game is against league leaders Arsenal on Feb. 4 before traveling to bitter rivals Liverpool for the Merseyside derby a week later.