Everton Football Club are a bit of a mess at the moment and the stench of relegation and mismanagement is strong after Frank Lampard became the latest casualty.
Ever since Farhad Moshiri acquired a majority stake in the Toffees in 2016, managers at Goodison Park have never lasted long.
The Toffees are on a dreadful run and it was probably the right decision for Lampard to go, but as previous bosses have proved, it isn’t always their fault.
Moshiri has seen a large number of managers come and go, including many who have gone on to achieve great things, so there is a deep-rooted problem at Everton.
Last year, they just survived relegation from the Premier League and they are again facing a battle to stay up and are now looking for another gaffer.
How many managers have Everton had under Moshiri?
In total, Everton have had seven permanent first-team managers and two caretaker bosses with Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth filling the role twice.
So, there have been 11 managerial stints at Goodison since Moshiri acquired a majority stake in February 2016.
To put this into context, Everton had the same number of permanent and temporary managers from October 1990 until Moshiri gained full control.
Where are Moshiri’s former Everton managers?
Frank Lampard (January 2022 – January 2023)
Lampard became the latest manager to be dumped by Everton after a winless run of ten games stretching back to October.
The Chelsea legend kept the Toffees up last season, but they are in another relegation battle and Moshiri decided Lampard wasn’t the man to save them.
It remains to be seen what Lampard does now after being booted out.
Duncan Ferguson (January 2022 – January 2022 and December 2019 – December 2019)
Big Dunc is a hero at Everton after making over 200 appearances for the club over three separate spells and he has stepped in to fill in as manager for his beloved Toffees.
He only won once in five games across two periods but stayed on to help Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez and Lampard.
However, he departed the club in the summer to pursue his own managerial career but is yet to find a team.
Rafael Benitez (June 2021 – January 2022)
Benitez wasn’t a popular choice when he arrived at Goodison due to his connections at Liverpool, and after a good start, things turned sour.
The Spaniard only managed seven wins across all competitions before he was jettisoned amid growing fan protests.
And that was his last job as Benitez is currently out of work – although he has been linked with a move to West Ham to replace David Moyes.
Carlo Ancelotti (December 2019 – June 2021)
The Italian arrived on Merseyside as a serial winner and it looked like Everton had hit the jackpot.
The Toffees managed to finish the disrupted 2019/20 season well before starting the 2020/21 campaign brilliantly and it looked like European football or a trophy was possible.
Unfortunately, that bright start dissipated and Everton finished tenth. Ancelotti then got the call to go back to Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League and remains today.
Marco Silva (May 2018 – December 2019)
Silva turned up at Goodison Park off the back of spells with Hull City and Watford, so he knew the league.
He also signed Richarlison and Yerry Mina, while the season after, Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Andre Gomes arrived – among others.
But Silva’s men finished eighth in his one full season and just missed out on European football before he was sacked with the Toffees in 18th the following year.
He is now Fulham’s manager and led the Cottagers to promotion from the Championship and has them sitting in seventh.
Sam Allardyce (November 2017 – May 2018)
Allardyce joined Everton on a contract until June 2019, with one aim to keep the club up.
He managed ten wins and only lost nine of his 26 matches in charge as the Toffees finished eighth, 16 points clear of the drop zone.
But Everton decided to part ways due to fan complaints over his style of play and ideas to appoint a ‘long-term manager’.
The former Blackburn boss is currently unemployed and last managed West Brom.
David Unsworth (October 2017 – November 2017 and May 2016 – May 2016)
Unsworth started his playing career with Everton and became the club’s Under-21 boss in 2013.
He then stepped up for his side and managed nine games over two different stints in which he won three times.
Unsworth now manages Oldham Athletic in the National League.
Ronald Koeman (June 2016 – October 2017)
Koeman decided to swap Southampton for Everton in the summer of 2016 and failed to make much impact.
The club backed him, but big money spent on Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Yannick Bolasie all backfired, and the Dutchman was dismissed after a defeat to Arsenal saw them drop into the relegation zone.
The former defender is now into his second spell as Dutch national team boss after a stint at Barcelona.
Roberto Martinez (August 2013 – May 2016)
The Spaniard managed three seasons as David Moyes’ replacement but only survived four months under Moshiri.
The Toffees ended the 2015/16 season in 11th after enjoying much more success in the other years and the two parties went their separate ways.
Martinez then became the Belgium national team boss and is now in charge of Cristiano Ronaldo and co at Portugal.
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