Everton have dismissed manager Frank Lampard after a dismal run of results culminated in a 2-0 away defeat to West Ham United.
Lampard was relieved of his managerial duties at Goodison Park following a 2-0 away defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.
Jarrod Bowen's brace was enough to condemn the Toffees to their 11th Premier League loss of the season. Everton are currently 19th in the table, level on points with bottom side Southampton and two points from safety.
A statement reads: "Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard has left his post as senior men’s first team manager today. Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left the Club. Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach.
"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.
"Paul Tait and Leighton Baines will take training until a new manager is appointed."
Lampard had been backed by the owner Farhad Moshiri for several weeks, despite pressure on both the manager and the board from fans.
The supporters had shown him support at Goodison Park, whilst protesting the owners, but ultimately it hasn't been enough for him to keep his job.
Talks were held over the weekend and Monday, following the loss to fellow strugglers West Ham, with the players given the day off from training on Monday.
The former Chelsea boss took over at Goodison Park just under a year ago, in the wake of the Toffees sacking Rafa Benitez, just months into his reign.
Everton remained in trouble for much of the season, and could have dropped out of the top tier for the first time since the 1953/54 season.
However, victory over Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season, having been 2-0 down, kept them in the top tier, but he hasn't been able to turn things around.
Lampard was forced to sell Richarlison in the summer, with the Brazilian moving to Tottenham Hotspur, in order to stay with financial fair play rules.
The club have been criticised over recent years for their poor investments in the transfer market, signings such as Amadou Onana, Dwight McNeil and Neal Maupay have not made a big enough impact this season.
According to Sky Bet, former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is favourite for the job, having not been in work since leaving the Yorkshire club last year.
His odds dropped on Monday, with the favourite having previously been ex Burnley manager Sean Dyche, another boss who has been out of work for sometime.
Things won't be easy for the next boss, or whoever takes charge of the next games, with league leaders Arsenal up next for the team.
After that it's the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, who have had their own problems recently, before facing fellow strugglers Leeds United.
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