Frank Lampard has been sacked as head coach of Premier League club Everton.

Football great Frank Lampard has been sacked as manager of Everton, who are now second in the Premier League, according to reports.

Everton’s 2-0 defeat by West Ham on Saturday left the team in penultimate place after 20 of 38 games and the same number of points as bottom-placed Southampton.

The Chelsea legend received public support from the club’s owners, but huge defeats to fellow fighters Southampton and West Ham forced him to change.

The challenge to succeed this season has only become more difficult as Everton will next face league leaders Arsenal and then visit Anfield.

Just over a year after the end of Rafael Benítez’s ill-fated 200-day stint, club owner Farhad Moshiri has officially sacked his sixth manager in less than seven years since taking over the club.

The former Derby and Chelsea boss has won just nine and lost 21 of his 38 Premier League matches since taking office and is leaving the club eight days before his first anniversary of appointment.

Everton have scored just 34 goals during Lampard’s tenure and they have scored 15 goals in 20 games this season.

As a result, the club has been looking for an eighth permanent manager since May 2016, with the first relegation since 1951 just around the corner.