Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell has criticized the “foolishness” of club owner Farhad Moshiri after he distanced himself from a decision on manager Frank Lampard’s future.
The 2-0 loss to fellow strugglers West Ham was the ninth defeat in 12 Premier League games, of which the Toffees have taken just five points, and left them in second place in the table.
Moshiri, who was attending his first game in 15 months, was asked after the game at London Stadium if it was time for Lampard to be sacked after nearly a year at the club.
“I can’t comment. It’s not my decision,” he told Sky Sports.
The response was met with bewilderment from fans and former players, especially after Moshiri said a couple of weeks ago that he had fired previous coaches due to backlash from fans.
Former defender Alan Stubbs, who has been outspoken in criticizing the current situation at his former club, wrote on Twitter: “Not my decision” Who is it then, enlighten us Agents, your partner, prop man, chef, media? ????”
Campbell, a former Toffee striker, responded to his former teammate: “I can’t believe all this nonsense! We all know the responsibility stops with the owner Stubbs!
Regardless of the owner’s seeming inertia, Lampard’s job is still hanging by a thread, as the first decline since 1951 looms large.
The former Derby and Chelsea manager has won just nine and lost 21 of his 38 games since taking over from Rafael Benítez at the end of January 2022.
Since the start of last year, Everton have lost seven of their nine league games against teams who start the day in the relegation zone, including each of the last four.
Lampard has previously said that he did not expect the club to be much better than last season when they managed to avoid relegation in the penultimate game of the campaign.
After the loss to West Ham, he pointed to the gradual decline at Goodison since 2015 and stressed that, especially now working under severe financial constraints, there was no quick fix.
“It’s a great job. I knew it when I came in as we were watching a relegation battle,” he told BBC Sport.
“I don’t think when you’ve taken steps down over the years, it’s a case of being able to change that instantly, that’s naive.
“History moves and there is nothing in this league that gives you the right to do something. We have seen great football clubs fall and rise again.
“It’s about the timing and how you try to move forward as a club and if you don’t, you’re going to go through difficult times.
“Maybe it’s normal that we’re fighting again. It is impossible for me to jump into the future. There is a lot of time ahead of us this season and we have to try to turn the corner.”