Everton’s hierarchy does not believe that sacking Frank Lampard will improve their chances of staying in the Premier League at this stage, despite the growing threat of the club’s first expulsion from the top flight in 71 years.
It goes without saying that Everton have decided to stay with Lampard until the end of the season, regardless of the outcome.
At the board level, there are real concerns about Everton’s plight, Sky Sports News That said, the club have lost six of their last seven Premier Leagues.
Rumors of a possible return of Sam Allardyce have spread widely, Sky Sports News Has been told.
Nevertheless, it is believed that the arbitrators are voicing other management options, if the Everton board decides to change.
If Everton are expelled, they will find themselves in significant financial trouble, with very few first-team squad members on contract who would automatically lose if the club finds itself in the championship. Sky Sports News Understands
This probably means a complete change of squad is inevitable.
Last month, Everton reported a loss of 1 121 million for the period ending June 2021 – the third year of a deficit of over £ 100 million.
Another major blow to their account came when the EU and the UK approved Alisher Usmanov, one of the club’s main sponsors, prompting Everton to suspend sponsorship deals with Russian companies USM, Megafon and Yota.
It shows how much the club relies on owner Farhad Moshiri’s injection cash, whose endurance will be severely tested if Everton are dropped from the top division for the first time since 1951.
‘Dangerously close to the Day of Judgment’
Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs told Sky Sports:
“In terms of giving the players an incentive and some breathing space, it was a huge game. Only time will tell how harmful it is. I said before the match that it was a game Everton could not lose.
“After being in a much better position, unfortunately, like many other games this season, they have found a way to lose the game.
“It’s like running a race of defeat when you win. You don’t have to worry about it but psychologically when you lose, with each game you start to doubt yourself more and start making wrong decisions.
“It simply came to our notice then. An opposing manager may say at half-time that the team does not know how to win a football game away from home, it tells you everything you need to know about the state in which Everton is located.
“They had a chance to win and actually should have won the game, but they did it on many occasions this season where they didn’t see the games and their defense was really poor quality which resulted in the opposition back in the game.
“It’s frustrating as an Everton fan when you look at the fixtures – it’s hard to say where the points will come from. Everton have had results somewhere in the past and so I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay home on Saturday [to Manchester United] They had to get a result.
But I’m not too optimistic. Brentford at home and Watford away will not be easy so you start scratching your head. It is unbelievable for Everton to be in this position at this stage of the season.
“Some fans have said that some of Frank Lampard’s decisions were wrong, but at the end of the day, these are the same players who were with the managers before him. It’s not about getting rid of Frank Lampard right now.
“It’s all about the players trying to get results and get Everton out of the mess they’re in. Managers have been blamed a lot but Everton have a lot going wrong at the moment – the way from the boardroom level to the pitch.
“The players have had to find enough will and attitude to get Everton and keep them in the league this season. It is dangerously close to the Day of Judgment. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
The rest of Everton’s matches
April 9 – Man United (H)
April 20 – Leicester (H), Live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Liverpool (a), Live on Sky Sports
May 1 – Chelsea (H), Live on Sky Sports
May 6 – Lester (a)
May 10 – Watford (a)
May 15 – Brentford (H)
May 19 – Crystal Palace (h)
May 22 – Arsenal