Everton sack Frank Lampard as club struggles in fight against Premier League relegation

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Just over a year after ending Rafael Benitez's ill-fated 200-day stay, owner Farhad Moshiri has fired his sixth manager in just under seven years since taking over.

Lampard paid the price for a run of nine defeats in 12 league matches which has left the club embroiled in a second successive relegation battle. Only 10 days ago Moshiri offered public backing for his manager but hugely-damaging defeats to fellow strugglers Southampton and West Ham have forced a change. The former Derby and Chelsea boss won just nine and lost 21 of his 38 Premier League matches since taking over and departs eight days before the first anniversary of his appointment. Everton have scored just 34 goals during that period, and this season they have 15 goals in 20 games and have managed to score more than once in a game twice this season. It leaves the club looking for an eighth permanent manager since May 2016 with a first relegation since 1951 looming large. A statement read: "Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard has left his post as senior men's first-team manager today. "Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months. "Frank and his team's commitment and dedication have been exemplary throughout their time at the club, but recent results and the current league position meant this difficult decision had to be taken. We wish Frank and all his backroom team well for their future in the game. "The club has started the process to secure a new manager and will provide updates on the appointment in due course." Backroom staff members Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left, but Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach. Paul Tait and Leighton Baines will oversee training until a new manager is appointed.

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