Frank Lampard has been told he needs to take responsibility for Everton’s poor performances.
The Toffees suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Brighton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.
It leaves them just one point above the relegation zone as they face the very real possibility of dropping out of the Premier League for the first time.
Lampard is on the verge of being sacked, talkSPORT understands, as supporters turned on him and the board.
He has won just 12 of his 39 games in charge and even has a worse win percentage than Rafael Benitez.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy said: “He has to take responsibility. One win in 10, it’s down to you as a coach. You have to find a way with the players you’ve got.
“You can be better on set plays, play more direct, you can make chances for players even if they’re not natural goalscorers.
“I think he’s caught between a rock and a hard place at times. He’s trying to play decent football, which I’m not sure they’ve got enough quality to do it.
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“You are probably better going down the other route and being direct, in your face and hard to play against.
“From week to week, they look like two different sides.
“I think he’s hanging on. I’m disappointed for him, he’s a great guy and a student of the game and loves his football, but at the moment the Evertonians are restless.
“I’m not sure how many are on his side after that performance.”
One furious Everton fan called The Sports Bar and demanded Lampard be sacked and wanted Sean Dyche to replace him.
Matt the Toffees fans said: “At this moment in time, I want a manager who plays s***housery football. There’s only one name out there who hasn’t got a job and that’s Sean Dyche. He might get something out of this side. At the moment, they are destined for the Championship.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara agreed that Dyche would be a logical choice for their relegation battle.
He added: “When you think of Everton back in the day, the Everton that I played against, they were horrible. It was always a tough place to go.
“Sean Dyche can still play football.”
On Lampard, he continued: “He’s coming in for it and he has to take responsibility. The players should be ashamed of themselves. Some of the performances I’ve seen at the back are absolutely pathetic.
“I’m a professional footballer and my manager is giving me bad tactics or you are not having the gaffer, you are still going out there and playing with a bit of pride and winning the game.
“The fans turning up week in, week out trying to fight for their lives for you and I see some of the players strolling around.
“That’s not on. You can still be hard to beat. You don’t concede three against Bournemouth and four against Brighton and have a look at yourself and go ‘come on, I need to be better here’.”
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