Football: Pundits slam Everton owner after Lampard sacking

Lampard was appointed by Everton in January last year after being sacked as Chelsea manager. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON – Former England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher called Everton “the worst-run club in the country” while ex-Toffees captain Alan Stubbs labelled owner Farhad Moshiri a “basket case” after manager Frank Lampard’s sacking on Monday.

The 44-year-old Englishman’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 league loss at West Ham.

It kept Everton second-last in the table on 15 points after 20 games, above Southampton on goal difference, and two points adrift of the safety zone.

“Frank and his team’s commitment and dedication have been exemplary throughout their time at the Club, but recent results and the current league position meant this difficult decision had to be taken” the club said in a statement.

“Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months. We wish Frank and all his backroom team well for their future in the game,” the club added.

Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left the Club. Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “Nobody knows a football club better than their own supporters.

“There were no banners against Frank Lampard, they were against Farhad Moshiri and the board.

“I have said Everton are the worst-run club in the country. That wasn’t a flippant remark as an ex-Liverpool player, I’m saying it as an ex-Everton fan...

“Moshiri doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he’s got a lot of money.

“The same sorts of players are getting brought in, managers are getting changed left, right and centre.

“Why does every Everton manager fail?

“Lampard, Champions League winning managers like (Rafael) Benitez and (Carlo) Ancelotti, (Marco) Silva, (Ronald) Koeman has been around the world.

“So when a club fails, you have to look at the top. It’s a mess.”

The Merseyside team had been floundering under former England international Lampard, having last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home.

He was appointed by Everton in January 2022 after managing Chelsea from 2019-21 and second-tier Derby County in 2018-19.

The 44-year-old was sacked as Chelsea manager in January 2021, having returned to the west London club where he holds the goalscoring record.

He took over at Everton after they parted ways with Spaniard Benitez, continuing the managerial revolving door at the club.

Stubbs told talkSport: “Frank has to take the blame. No matter how you look at these players, they shouldn’t be where they are.

“There’s worse teams than this group of players. He hasn’t got the most out of them...

“The players as well, they have to take responsibility. They have to take a long, hard look at themselves. They are not the reason but they are part of it.”

He was most scathing about Moshiri, saying: “The owner has just been a basket case. He is a very wealthy man, but he answers to nobody.

“When you look at our recruitment policy, it’s just been ad hoc, ‘I like that player so I’ll have him’. He’s gone over the directors of football and not let them do their jobs.

“He’s not a football man, so he’s got to listen to someone. This is why Everton find themselves in a mess.”

Widespread reports in the British media suggest the Toffees have spoken to Sam Allardyce and Marcelo Bielsa, with Sky Sports dubbing the latter as the club’s first choice.

However, former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen told Premier League Productions: “The next appointment now is certainly going to be one that is going to appease the fans, it will be their main priority...

“It’s going to be a real hero let’s say, maybe even a past player from Everton. Wayne Rooney and Duncan Ferguson, it will have to be a name like that.” REUTERS

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