Pressure continues to pile on the shoulders of Frank Lampard as the Englishman faces the risk of a sack after a humiliating 4-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park. Everton were dreadful against the Seagulls and hands down this was one of the worst performances of the season for Lampard’s men.
The players simply failed to turn up against Brighton as Roberto Di Zerbi’s side blitzed out three goals in seven minutes to put the tie to bed. Everton have been on a downward trajectory for some time and there weren’t many promising signs that Lampard’s men could turn it around.
Everton’s last win came back in the month of October against Crystal Palace. The 3-0 win seemed the rise of a new dawn as that performance was a perfect blend of attacking football, fluidity and defensive rigidity. Since then, EFC have taken just two points in six games and hover above the relegation zone, separated by just one point.
Lampard isn’t entirely to blame for these shambles but he can soon face the consequences of the string of poor results and performances. Lampard is now bookmakers’ favourite to get sacked. The bookmakers had a dim view of Lampard’s position at Everton at the start of the season and not much has changed.
Who could replace Frank Lampard at Everton?
According to bookmakers, Lampard leads the sack race and Wayne Rooney is the favourite to replace him at Goodison Park. Rooney was contacted for the vacant managerial role 12 months ago when Rafa Benitez was sacked and the Everton board was interviewing candidates.
Lampard emerged as the preferred choice and since then Rooney has gone to MLS to manage DC United. It remains to be seen if Rooney is lured back to England by his boyhood club.
The second best candidate to replace Lampard as per the bookmakers is Sean Dyche. Dyche parted ways with Burnley after 10 years and has been out of job since the summer as the Clarets failed to survive the relegation battle and went down at the end of last season.
Dyche is astute and is well known for his solid defensive structure and pragmatic approach. For years, his Burnley side operated on a tight budget and he was able to extract the best out of the available resources.
The third choice for bookmakers is Roberto Martinez. Everton and Martinez seems to be a never ending love affair. Every time Everton are on a manager hunt, Martinez is one of the first names to get linked to the job. He was close to getting appointed as the Toffee boss when Benitez was sacked but fans had divided opinions on the return of the Spaniard.
Some other names that are floating in the betting market are Marcelo Bielsa, Mauricio Pochettino and Ange Postecoglu.
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