What next at Everton? As Lampard runs out of time

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It’s official. Frank Lampard’s time in charge at Goodison Park is over, with a club statement announcing a parting of ways hitting the sports news headlines on Monday 23rd January.

This development hardly comes as a surprise, with the Chelsea legend having been walking the managerial tightrope for months now, dominating the sack race markets at sites such as those found at newbettingoffers.co.uk.

As with the majority of managerial sackings, the key driver behind this decision is poor performance on the pitch. In Everton’s case, this consistent sequence of underwhelming displays is threatening to become serious.

Sitting second bottom of the table, level on points with rock-bottom Southampton, and two points adrift of safety, Everton are without a win in eight Premier League fixtures, and seemingly heading firmly in the wrong direction. As such, the board may have felt they had little choice but to act.

After just under a year in the hot seat, Lampard departs with a record of twelve wins from 44 matches in all competitions, for a win percentage of just 27.30%.

The Goodison faithful will be hoping that the only way is up from here, with the immediate question being who will be next in line? Several names are already being linked with the vacancy, with the following five amongst the most plausible contenders.

Sean Dyche

The ex-Burnley boss has been out of work since being sacked by the Turf Moor club on 15th April 2022. Having twice won promotion to the Premier League with Burnley and led the club into Europe against all the odds, many viewed his sacking as a mistake at the time – an opinion which gained some weight when Burnley were promptly relegated following his departure. Dyche is renowned for his pragmatic style of play and may not be everyone’s first choice but, at this moment in time, he could be just what Everton needs.

DunneedsFerguson

Next up a man who has managed Everton twice in the past – albeit as a caretaker manager on both occasions. Stepping in following the dismissal of Marco Silva in 2019 and Rafa Benitez in 2022, Duncan Ferguson served on the coaching staff under Lampard and may well fulfil the temporary role once again. Whether he would want the job permanently – or indeed be the choice of the Everton board – seems unlikely. Nevertheless, stranger things have happened, and a successful spell as an interim boss may see the former Toffees centre-forward throw his hat into the ring.

Marcelo Bielsa

If a change in style is what the Everton board are looking for, then perhaps former Leeds United and Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa could be their man. One of the most well-respected and influential coaches in the global game, the 67-year-old and his famed all-action, high-intensity “Bielsa Ball” would certainly bring excitement to Goodison Park. The man who guided Leeds United back to the Premier League remains beloved at Elland Road and may be ready for his next challenge having been out of work since February 2022.

David Moyes

Former manager David Moyes left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 and has been touted with a return to Merseyside whenever the job has come up. The Scotsman’s time in charge at Old Trafford didn’t work out as hoped, but he has enjoyed something of a renaissance since – most notably when guiding West Ham United to sixth and seventh-place finishes in the Premier League. Moyes remains in charge at the London Stadium, but things aren’t going so well this season, with the Hammers also currently towards the wrong end of the table. Under a little pressure, could Moyes be tempted to return to his old stamping ground?

Wayne Rooney

Another name coming in for support in certain quarters is that of former Everton player, and England’s all-time top scorer, Wayne Rooney. Rooney, of course, enjoyed the majority of his success at Manchester United but emerged through the Everton youth system – becoming the youngest-ever scorer in the Premier League when netting for the Toffees at just 16 years of age in 2002. Everton through and through, he would likely prove popular with sections of the support but boasts even less managerial experience than Frank Lampard. Currently in charge at D.C. United in Major League Soccer, his win percentage of just 14.3% at the US club suggests he may not yet be ready for a job of this magnitude.

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