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Events After Lampard’s Sacking Suggests There Are Bigger Problems at Everton
- Everton relieved Chelsea legend Frank Lampard of his duties on Monday after a disastrous run
- He took over the club just a year ago and masterminded a relegation battle last season
- The turn of events after his sacking and in recent weeks suggests he is only a fraction of the problem
The usual call to the end of the road in football, ''club statement'' was made on Chelsea legend Frank Lampard at Everton after weeks of poor results, with the club rooted 19th on the Premier League table.
In the aftermath of his departure, few events have hit the club which suggests there are bigger problems at Goodison Park than parting ways with the former Derby County manager. Sports Brief looks at events that hit the club after his departure.
Moshiri puts Everton up for sale
British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri has put Everton up for sale a few days after sacking head coach Frank Lampard. According to Express, he wants at least £500m to sell the club.
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As reported by Guardian, he denied wanting to sell the club though he admits he has been speaking to investors and is open to minority share sales.
“The club is not for sale but I’ve been talking to top investors, real quality, to bridge the gap on the stadium. I can do it myself and the reason I want to do it is to bring top sport investors into Everton for some of the reasons that the fans want improvement, more talent, and we are close to having a deal done,” he said.
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This comes after the entire Everton board were advised to stay away from the Southampton game due to credible threats to their safety, as reported by Independent.
Marcelo Bielsa rejects Everton job
Former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is one of the names being considered to take over the reigns at Goodison Park and Finch Farm, but according to Football Insider, the Argentine has rejected the job.
As revealed by Sky Sports, attention has now turned to former Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl, who was sacked last year to take over the vacant position.
Tottenham hijacks Danjuma deal
In a quick turn of events after Lampard's departure, the winger changed his mind. Tottenham Hotspur moved in and have successfully hijacked the deal as reported by Telegraph UK.
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Gordon and Onana skip training
Everton stars Anthony Gordon and Amadou Onana missed training a day after the former Chelsea manager was sacked amid reports of transfers to Newcastle and Arsenal respectively, as reported by Football365.
As reported by BBC Sports, Onana only joined the Toffees in August from Lille for £33m, and Gordon is one of Lampard's favourite players, who sent him a farewell message after his dismissals.
Reactions to Lampard's dismissal
While many agree it was best to part ways, former Everton player Don Hutchinson praised the job Lampard did in difficult moments at the club and asked what more he could have done.
According to Guardian, the last three published accounts of the club showed a debt of £372.6m and the club is currently undertaking a stadium project of about £550m.
Speaking to Sports Brief, a football fan, Shola Odeyinka rates Lampard highly and is of the opinion he only found himself in difficult jobs and moments, he is a decent manager.
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''Lampard has never been a bad manager, he just never had the luxury of patience. Pressure environment always. He’s top 0.5% most intelligent people in the world with an IQ of 150, he told Sports Brief.
Personally, if an English manager would finally win the PL, I still think it would be Howe or Lampard. He [Lampard] is a gem and time will prove me right,'' he added.
Mina makes promise to Everton fans
Sports Brief earlier reported that Colombian defender Yerry Mina made a promise to Everton fans who approached him at the parking lot after the 2-1 loss to Southampton.
The fans asked if he would stay at the club in the event the club gets relegated to the Championship and he responded by promising he will give his life for the club.
The statement appeared to be overbearing as he had just six months left on his contract and will leave at the end of the season if he does not extend, which looks unlikely in the current situation.