Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager with the club languishing in 19th place in the Premier League and having lost eight of their last nine games in all competitions.

The former England midfielder was dismissed after Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat against West Ham.

The result leaves Everton two points adrift of safety and with just 15 points from 20 league games this season.

Lampard spoke with owner Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright over the weekend, along with director of football Kevin Thelwell, and had accepted things will change after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham.

Moshiri, remarkably, abdicated responsibility over what the future held for Lampard as he left the London Stadium, telling a reporter from Sky Sports News that ‘It’s not my decision’ on managers.

Following the West Ham loss, Everton’s players were given Monday off and are not expected to return at Finch Farm until Tuesday.

While the club search for a new manager, club legend Leighton Baines, who is in charge of the Under 18s, and Under 21 head coach Paul Tait are in line to oversee the day-to-day matters.

Ahead of the West Ham defeat Lampard had called his players together to show some balls with a week of hard graft leading up to the relegation clash.

However, his battle cry appeared to fall on deaf ears as the Toffees hardly put up a fight in the defeat.