By Pranav Shahaney

14th Jan, 2023 | 7:15pm

Richard Keys and Andy Gray deliver Frank Lampard sack verdict after Everton v Southampton

Richard Keys and Andy Gray appear to be in unison as they believe Everton can do better without Frank Lampard in charge of the club.

The Toffees suffered a 2-1 defeat at home against Southampton on 14 January and now find themselves in the bottom three.

Lampard has been under pressure and results like this will only add to it amid speculation of a change behind the scenes at Everton.

Gray said on BEIN Sport, “I don’t know where Frank goes from here.”

Keys then asks him, “Would you consider walking if you’re Frank Lampard?”

Gray responded, “I think if I’ve been there a year, and he has and I’ve had two transfer windows and shaped the team in the way I want, I would seriously say this is for someone else.”

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Keys finally called for a change as he said, “You look around. What Lopetegui is doing at Wolves, what de Zerbi is doing at Brighton, and the way Cooper has got Forest out of the bottom three. It can be done.”

Time to go

The performance of the team, the outcomes, and the general development made under the manager’s direction are typically taken into consideration when deciding whether to keep him.

It’s pretty clear that after a year, he has failed to live up his targets and he warrants getting the sack at Everton.

The long-term ambitions and objectives of the club should also be taken into account and while this is typically not made hastily, we do not expect Farhad Moshiri to make a rational decision anyway.

Lampard may have had an illustrious playing career and is a well-respected figure in the game, managing a club is a difficult job, and managers frequently go through ups and downs during the course of their careers.

Spending more money to bring in players he wants is not ideal and we think that the time may have come for him to part ways with the club.