English Premier League legend Frank Lampard’s young managerial career has taken yet another ugly turn.
The former Chelsea manager has been sacked by Everton, Monday, ending his tenure after just 38 league games in charge with the club currently in 19th place.
How the Cookie Crumbled
Everton only secured safety from relegation to the Championship in last season's penultimate game and it was hoped this term would represent yet another reboot and fresh start.
Lampard, however, has failed to deliver an upturn and Saturday's 2-0 loss at fellow strugglers West Ham United, which left Everton 19th in the table with only three wins from 20 matches, brought the inevitable sacking.
The 44-year-old's win ratio was a dismal 23.68%, winning only nine of his 38 league matches in charge. Those statistics make grim reading for one of the great players of the modern game.
What's Next for Lampard?
Sacked at Chelsea and now by Everton, it must be questioned whether he will get another crack at a high-profile job, or indeed whether he would even want one, after the manner of his departures from his past two posts.
Lampard was well liked by most Evertonians and was seen as just being part of the problem instead of the main problem.
Whoever comes in next has to somehow get Everton back to scoring goals regularly and keep the reasonably solid defensive unit intact, while also uniting the fanbase as they have yet another relegation scrap coming up.