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Frank’s failure? What went wrong at Everton.

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Frank Lampard’s sacking leaves relegation-threatened Everton looking for an eighth permanent manager in less than seven years.There appears to be no stand-out candidate to replace him but whoever it is faces a difficult task with the team next-bottom of the Premier League having won just once in the last 14 matches in all competitions.The PA news agency looks at how Everton are in this position.It is stating the obvious really but three wins all season, nine defeats in the last 12 league matches and a total of 35 points from his 38 Premier League games since taking over almost a year ago tells its own story.

The club is mired in a second successive fight against the drop and a first relegation since 1951 looks a real threat.Lampard inherited a mess from the hugely unpopular former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez but having taken over a team in 16th place and four points above the relegation zone last January they have gone further backwards.

But the problems run deeper than that as the downward decline has been gathering pace since 2015.Recruitment has been an underlying issue for several years and it has been no different under Lampard.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing a large chunk of last season – and the sale of top scorer Richarlison in the summer – the need for a new striker was imperative.

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