By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2023 | 9:10pm

Frank Lampard “has to be” sacked after losing to West Ham because the Everton board need a “scapegoat”, according to Stan Collymore.

The Toffees lost 2-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday (21 January) to leave them level on points with the bottom of the Premier League and in all sorts of trouble.

Travelling fans were applauded by the manager and his players at the final whistle but unveiled banners demanding the exit of board members who were this time in attendance, but Collymore believes those in charge will direct the blame at the manager and remove him.

Posting on his personal Twitter account after the final whistle Collymore wrote: “That’s it for Frank, has to be.

“Board need a scapegoat, banners naming individuals they want out including club legend Graeme Sharp.

“He, nor [Steven] Gerrard have made 1 Premier League standard player better than when they had them. Damning indictment on progressive English coaching.”

Mess

Collymore may well be right about the board’s next move, and there is no doubt that results are miles from where they should be.

Lampard can justifiably point to Alex Iwobi as one player that has become noticeably better since he took charge at Goodison Park but that isn’t enough on its own to keep the former Chelsea manager in a job when he appears to be getting so little else right.

If he is sacked it would be the second season running where the club are looking to appoint a new man in the dying days of the January transfer window having abandoned the plan that was in place under their predecessor.

That sort of decision making is what has the club in such a mess, and part of the reason why the fans want the board out.

There is every chance that another coach could improve things this season, but it will be yet another reset and the players signed under Lampard will be at risk of becoming surplus to requirements under the next man.

The problems at the club go far beyond the Everton manager and even if he is to be made a “scapegoat” it won’t make many people forget that.

Staying in the Premier League is so important, and while Lampard successfully did that once he may not be the man to do it again, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that Richarlison hasn’t been replaced so unless he is the next manager in could easily have problems of their own.