By George Overhill

22nd Jan, 2023 | 4:58pm

Farhad Moshiri has held “crunch talks” with Frank Lampard and the Everton board are considering replacements, according to talkSPORT.

The Toffees were briefly bottom of the Premier League while losing 2-0 at West Ham on Saturday (21 January), with the club owner in attendance at the London Stadium for his first game in over a year.

Moshiri and Bill Kenwright refused to comment on Lampard’s future following the game but it appears action is now being taken and the manager remains under threat of the sack.

TalkSPORT reported via Twitter on Sunday afternoon (22 January): “BREAKING: Frank Lampard has held crunch talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri today.

“It is understood the board are deliberating whether a change of manager is needed and assessing potential candidates. – talkSPORT sources understand.”

Same old problems

There is no denying that the situation is pretty critical at Everton and with bad results piling up Lampard is under huge pressure.

The fact that Moshiri and the rest of the board were at the game in the capital felt significant, and to lose another game against a relegation rival in front of them was the last thing the manager would have wanted.

If they are now to remove him with little over a week of the January transfer window left, and without the current boss seeing the benefit of any additions, it seems the most senseless time to make a change.

Lampard himself struggled through the second half of last season and only kept the club up by the skin of their teeth, while having to contend with a squad he inherited from Rafael Benitez and only two rushed signings on deadline day, so a sacking now will repeat that situation.

He got the summer window but still the most important move made during that was to sell Richarlison, and the Brazilian star has still not been replaced.

The manager can’t claim to be doing a good job currently, but he can certainly argue that he has been put in a miserable position by circumstances out of his control as well.

It looks like he is now set to join the long list of bosses that Moshiri has hired and fired, but ultimately keeping the club in the Premier League is once again the primary concern.