Frank Lampard is not the problem at Everton when the board have “wasted” the club’s money and left them with a “Frankenstein’s monster” squad, says Phil McNulty.
The Toffees boss is clinging to his job currently with the team in miserable form and back in the relegation zone, after the former Chelsea boss just kept them up last year.
Fans are revolting against the running of the club as the January transfer window ticks past without the much-needed attacking signings yet materialising, with most fury directed to the hierarchy, and BBC chief football writer McNulty can see exactly why.
Asked by Paul Salt on BBC Merseyside on Monday morning (9 January, 7.54am) if the board deserve the ire of the fans, he replied: “Absolutely, they’re the ones who have been there through the years of chaos… Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright, [Barrett-Baxendale] they are the people now the fans have honed in on as the constants in this failure.
“Now, there really is a groundswell of discontent with those three individuals, and I perfectly understand the fans’ feeling. They’ve been fed a chaotic club for the last few years.
“They cannot escape responsibility or blame… I sensed from Friday [6 January at Old Trafford] that there wasn’t a great deal of dissent against the manager… but against the board of directors.
When Salt enquired about the financial issues being a problem in the transfer market (7.57am), McNulty added: “Exactly, Everton cannot afford to pay big money for players at the moment and they are back to being a selling club.
“We saw Richarlison go in the summer to Spurs for £60million, and the money was reinvested but not in the right area.
“When they sold Richarlison they had to a striker lined up. They could not, because of his recent record of fitness, rely on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“Unfortunately, as transfer spending is concerned, the money has gone and a lot of it has been wasted. In fact the vast majority of it has been wasted.
“You now have this Frankenstein’s monster of a squad.
“To suggest Frank Lampard is Everton’s problem is stretching reality to breaking point.”