By Calum Brown

28th Apr, 2022 | 8:10pm

Karen Carney takes aim at Everton strategy amidst poor form

Karen Carney has taken aim at Everton with both the club’s men’s and women’s sides third bottom in their respective divisions.

Frank Lampard’s side currently occupies 18th position in the Premier League and are scrapping for their lives in the top flight.

It’s not just the men’s outfit that are struggling though, as Everton women sit 10th in the Women’s Super League having lost four of their last five.

In her latest column for the Guardian, Carney commented: “Poor decisions at the top seep down through all levels of a club. It is no coincidence that Everton’s men’s and women’s teams are suffering from a confused strategy and underwhelming performances.

“All Everton need do is look over the road to Anfield, where they have spent less but targeted the right people who have made an impact. If you do not get your strategy right, it will eventually come back to haunt you.

“As the errors of the past bite Everton, they will need a clear strategy for the summer. The short-term goal is to ensure the men stay in the Premier League but the planning for the long term needs to be less muddled, otherwise, Everton risk repeating their mistakes.”

Crunch time

Whilst Everton Women occupy 10th position in the Women’s Super League, they have a slight bit of breathing room as they sit six points clear of second bottom Leicester, and twelve ahead of bottom club Birmingham.

It’s the men’s side who don’t have much room for error at the moment with Lampard’s team six matches away from potential relegation from the Premier League.

The Toffees currently sit two points below Burnley and there is a five point gap to Everton in 16th, but Everton do have a crucial game in hand over both relegation rivals.

Lampard’s side kick off their run-in with a tough fixture at home to Chelsea on Sunday, and they follow that up with a tricky trip to Leicester.

The Toffees then travel to Watford who sit one place below them in the table, then it’s two absolutely vital fixtures at Goodison Park against Brentford and Crystal Palace, both whom may have nothing to play for in a few weeks’ time.

The Blues end their season at the Emirates as they take on an Arsenal side aiming to secure a return to Champions League football.

In other Everton news, a talkSPORT pundit wants them to be relegated because it would be “funny”.