London, Jan 24: Premier League strugglers Everton has sacked Frank Lampard as first-team coach after under a year in charge at the club.

The former Derby and Chelsea boss was shown the door after a poor run of form left Everton second from the bottom of the table, with just 15 points from 20 matches, reports Xinhua news agency. Fulham 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League 2022–23: Harry Kane Scores As Spurs Break Into Top Five (Watch Goal Video Highlights).

He replaced Rafael Benitez on January 31st, 2022 and was able to help the team avoid relegation last season. However, Everton have again struggled this time around. They have taken just two points from their last eight matches and were also knocked out of the third round of the FA Cup by Manchester United a fortnight ago.

Club owner Farhad Moshiri was on hand to watch as Everton lost 2-0 away to fellow strugglers West Ham United on Saturday - the first match he has attended since October 2021. Former Athletic Club Bilbao, Valencia and Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia Toral is thought to be among the frontrunners to replace Lampard, along with former Burnley boss Sean Dyche and former Everton forward Duncan Ferguson.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jan 24, 2023 12:15 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website