Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard, less than a year after the former England midfielder took charge.
The Toffee’s defeat in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at West Ham United was their ninth loss in 12 Premier League games. They are nineteenth in the table with 15 points from 20 matches, above Southampton on goal difference.
Ex Chelsea star Lampard took over at Goodison Park with the team 16th in the table and helped them avoid relegation last season. Everton are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in five years.
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Early favourites are former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, and ex Burnley boss Sean Dyche. An interesting name to come up is former Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelino Garcia Toral. The 57-year-old Spaniard has worked at top Spanish clubs such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic. He is currently without a club following his departure from the Basque club at the end of last season.
Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson and England legend Wayne Rooney, currently in charge of D.C. United in the MLS, are also in the top five with most bookmakers. However, a lack of experience of management at the top level may count against them. Former Toffees boss David Moyes, who is currently in charge at relegation rivals West Ham, is also thought to be in the mix, as is Brentford boss Thomas Frank.
The Everton board discussed former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl prior to Lampard’s appointment last year. Hasenhuttl is available after leaving Saints in November.