The Everton hierarchy do not believe the sacking of Frank Lampard will improve their chances of staying in the Premier League at this stage, despite the growing threat of the club’s first relegation from the top flight in 71 years.
That doesn’t mean Everton have decided to stay with Lampard until the end of the season, regardless of the results.
There is genuine concern about Everton’s predicament at board level, Sky Sports News has been said, with the club having lost six of their last seven Premier League games.
Rumors of a possible return of Sam Allardyce are far from the truth, Sky Sports News has been said.
Nonetheless, the intermediaries are believed to have sounded out other management options, should the Everton board decide to make a change.
If Everton were to be relegated, they would find themselves in serious financial trouble, with very few first-team members on contracts which automatically reduce if the club find themselves in the league, Sky Sports News understand.
This would likely mean that a complete team overhaul is inevitable.
Last month, Everton revealed a loss of £121m for the period to June 2021 – the third year in a row of deficits above £100m.
Their accounts took another hit when the EU and UK sanctioned one of the club’s main sponsors, Alisher Usmanov, leading Everton to suspend sponsorship deals with Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota.
It shows just how much the club relies on the cash injected by owner Farhad Moshiri, whose patience will be tested if Everton drop out of the Premier League for the first time since 1951.
“Dangerously close to the apocalyptic scenario”
Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs told Sky Sports:
“In terms of giving the players a boost and some breathing space, it was a massive game. How damaging that turns out, only time will tell. I said before the game that it It was a game Everton could not afford to lose.
“After putting themselves in a very good position, unfortunately, like many other games this season, they found a way to lose the game.
“Being on a losing streak is the same as when you’re winning. You don’t think about it, but psychologically, when you’re losing, with every game that goes by you start to doubt yourself more and take the wrong ones. decisions.
“That’s what Everton have found themselves in now. For an opposition manager to say at half-time that this team don’t know how to win an away game of football, that tells you everything. you need to know about the state Everton are in.
“They had chances to win and normally should have won the game, but they’ve done it a lot of times this season where they haven’t been able to see any games and their defense has been of a really poor standard which left the opposition in the games.
“It’s quite depressing as an Everton fan when you watch the matches – it’s hard to say where the points will come from. Everton have gotten a result out of nowhere in the past and so it wouldn’t surprise me if saturday at home [to Manchester United] they had to get a result.
“But I don’t have much hope. Brentford at home and Watford away are not going to be easy so you start scratching your head. For Everton to be in that position at this stage of the season is incredible to digest.
“There are a few fans who say Frank Lampard made a few wrong decisions, but at the end of the day it’s the same players who have been with the managers before him. It’s not about getting rid of Frank Lampard now .
“It’s about the players trying to do whatever it takes to get a result and get Everton out of the mess they’re in. Too much blame has been placed on the managers, but there’s so much wrong at Everton at the moment – from the level of the conference room on the right the way to the pitch.
“The players have to somehow find enough desire and spirit to get Everton through this season and keep them in the league. It’s dangerously close to the doomsday scenario. It’s the scariest I’ve ever been in. as an Everton fan.”
Everton’s remaining fixtures
April 9 – Manchester United (h)
April 20 – Leicester (h), live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Liverpool (one), live on Sky Sports
May 1 – Chelsea (h), live on Sky Sports
May 7 – Leicester (a)
May 10 – Watford (a)
May 15 – Brentford (h)
May 19 – Crystal Palace (h)
May 22 – Armory (one)