Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard after less than a year at Goodison Park.
Defeat in other wrestlers West Ham United Saturday was Everton’s ninth defeat in 12 Premier League games.
They are second from the bottom of the table with 15 points from 20 games, above Southampton on goal difference.
Former England midfielder Lampard, 44, replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2022 with the 16th-placed side and helped Everton avoid relegation.
Everton are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in five years.
After a Draw 1-1 in defending champions Manchester City on December 31, Everton lost 4-1 to Brighton at Goodison Park, were knocked out of the FA Cup with a Lost 3-1 at Manchester United and were then beaten by Southampton despite his head, before the last defeat against West Ham.
They only managed three wins all season.
There have been widespread and vocal protests from fans against the board in recent games, and supporters staged a sit-in protest following the loss to Southampton.
Everton Board missed this game due to what the club said was a “real and credible threat to his security”.
Merseyside Police said no threats or incidents were reported to officers ahead of the match before Everton announced “enhanced security procedures” would be put in place.
It was also in response to some supporters faced defender Yerry Mina and midfielder Anthony Gordon as they left Goodison Park in their cars last weekend.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri attended his first game in 14 months at West Ham alongside much-criticized longtime chairman Bill Kenwright. Moshiri suggested when asked by Sky Sports during the match that it was not for him to decide Lampard’s future.
The club have yet to sign anyone in the January transfer window, but have spent over £80million this summer, including the £33m for signing Amadou Onana of Lille and £20m purchase of Dwight McNeil of Burnley, after receive £60 million for Tottenham’s Brazilian striker Richarlison.
Lampard took his first steps into management with Derby in 2018. In his only season in charge, they reached the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Aston Villa.
He replaced Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager in July 2019, but was fired after 18 months.
Lampard took over at Goodison with Everton 16th in the table, six points above the relegation zone.
Everton had 10 defeats in the remaining 18 games of the season but secured their survival with a 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace on what Lampard called “one of the greatest nights” of his career.
Lampard has won just 12 of his 44 matches in charge in all competitions, a winning percentage of 27.27 far worse than his record at Derby (42.1%) and Chelsea (52.4%).
As a player, Lampard made 648 appearances and won 11 major trophies in 13 seasons with Chelsea after joining boyhood club West Ham in 2001.
He left Stamford Bridge in June 2014 as the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals and had stints at Manchester City and New York before ending his 21-year professional playing career in 2017.
Lampard has scored 29 goals in 106 games for England.