Frank Lampard sack update at Everton ahead of West Ham United clash
Frank Lampard faces the “real possibility” of being sacked as Everton manager before taking on fellow relegation rivals West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (21 January), according to the Daily Mail.
The Toffees’ dismal defeat to Southampton (Saturday 14 January) was yet another hammer blow to the club’s survival hopes, as they dropped level on points with the Saints at the bottom of the Premier League table.
The Daily Mail believes Lampard and Hammers boss David Moyes both have the possibility of being sacked before their crunch clash, dubbed “El Sackico”, after their respective sides’ dreadful form since the mid-season break.
The report said: “El Sackico. Dismissal Derby. Call this Saturday’s London Stadium showdown whatever you want.
“For David Moyes and Frank Lampard, West Ham v Everton means more than whatever silly tagline we could conjure up. It is set to be a match which decides their managerial fate.
“The disclaimer is this depends on Moyes and Lampard not being sacked before then, a real possibility after their dismal Saturdays which only dragged both closer to the drop and chop.”
From bad to worse
If Lampard thought his draw against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve was a turning point in his stint at Goodison Park, he was very much mistaken.
A dismal 4-1 defeat to Brighton at home and a 2-1 loss to the struggling Saints have piled pressure on the English manager and raised questions as to whether he is the man to get the club out of this current rut.
The most worrying issue is that in both games, Everton looked so feeble and short of attacking intent whilst also looking extremely vulnerable on the counterattack. This combination is clearly not a recipe for success, and if Lampard has any hopes of extending his stay on Merseyside, he needs to claim maximum points against West Ham.
The Englishman seemingly isn’t getting the board’s backing in the transfer market, so he must make do with the current crop of players. The Teflon man is sticking around for the moment, but a loss on Saturday could well change that.