Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe has urged the Toffees to sack Frank Lampard as manager following the dramatic defeat to Burnley.
Both sides came into Wednesday’s crucial Premier League clash needing a win amid their relegation battle. While Burnley had suffered five defeats in a row, Everton had only won one in seven.
And despite Frank Lampard’s side recovering from a goal behind to lead 2-1, they surrendered the lead and lost 3-2.
Indeed, Richarlison’s two penalties were not enough. Jay Rodriguez made it 2-2 before Maxwel Cornet sent Turf Moor into raptures with a winner.
The result moved 18th-placed Burnley a point behind Everton in 17th and both have two games in hand. However, Everton have – on paper – the hardest run-in and relegation fears have subsequently grown.
In fact, ex-Nigeria star Anichebe urged Everton to sack Lampard and bring back Sam Allardyce, who steered the club away from relegation in 2018.
Taking to Instagram, Anichebe wrote: “The players aren’t good enough but neither is Frank. As much as I love him as a player and he looks a top guy.
“Everton will 100 per cent go down if a change isn’t made.”
Anichebe then captioned a picture of Allardyce: “I said it weeks ago…y’all laughed. Some said rather go down with dignity. Okkkkk.”
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In a more measured reaction after the match, the 33-year-old took aim at those at the top of Everton and slammed the January signing of Dele Alli.
“Apologies if I don’t respond tonight, I just can’t be bothered,” Anichebe wrote.
“So… The players are responsible first and foremost. But Everton’s board is absolutely horrendous. The money they’ve wasted, the sackings of influential staff like Dan Donachie, not letting Marcel Brands actually do his job, bringing in Rafa [Benitez], creating a complete disconnect with fans and club.
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“Next – appointing Lampard (who is a good coach) but appointing him when you know you’re in a relegation battle with a tough run in… was absurd… him getting Alli who is a luxury player… in a relegation fight… baffling.
“If something doesn’t happen tonight they are 100 per cent going down. At the moment it’s 60 per cent. Keep the faith.”
Everton running out of time
Everton return to action on Saturday when facing Manchester United at Goodison Park.
However, they still have to play Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal before the end of the season.
On paper, they will struggle to get anything out of those games and a match with Watford looks a more crucial one for the Toffees.
However, any points at this stage will do for Lampard, who is running out of time to steer his side back in the right direction.