By George Overhill

22nd Jan, 2023 | 7:10am

Frank Lampard is “on the brink” of being sacked as Everton boss after losing an “essential” game to West Ham, according to the Daily Mail.

A damaging 2-0 defeat to their relegation rivals on Saturday (21 January) leaves the Toffees barely clear of last place in the Premier League table.

Farhad Moshiri attended his first Everton game since October 2021 to see the club downed by two Jarrod Bowen goals, and reportedly left the capital without speaking to his under-fire manager.

A win against the Hammers was seen as “essential” by the Toffees board, according to the Mail report, leaving Lampard facing the sack almost a year after he was appointed.

Both Moshiri and Bill Kenwright were asked about the former Chelsea boss being removed by Gary Cotterill on Sky Sports as they left the London Stadium, with both refusing to comment.

Writing on the wall?

The defeat in London was the third in a row, and fourth in five Premier League games since the World Cup, including losses to both Wolves and Southampton who were bottom at the time of the respective meetings.

It is 10 games in all competitions without a win for Lampard, and none of that supports his job prospects being particularly strong.

Yet he has survived back to back defeats at Bournemouth prior to the break for Qatar, which arguably would have been the ideal opportunity if a change was going to be made, and the majority of the January transfer window has also now gone by with him in charge.

Arnaut Danjuma has just been secured on loan [Fabrizio Romano, 21 January] who could potentially provide the spark that the manager has desperately been searching for in attack.

All of which makes the potential sacking at this point possibly the worst of all worlds, having let a number of valuable matches against rivals for the drop pass by unsuccessfully, and bringing up the prospect of repeating last season’s January debacle.

Rafael Benitez was removed just after Lucas Digne was sold, and expensive January signing Nathan Patterson barely featured once Lampard was appointed, while the current boss had just a day to sign Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli in desperation before the window closed.

He isn’t succeeding right now and that usually is grounds for a top flight boss to lose his job, but he hasn’t been set up to succeed by the board, and there is now a danger that they give the next man a similar hospital pass to continue the same syndrome of disfunction that brought Everton to this point.