Simon Jordon has predicted where Everton would be in the Premier League table had the Blues stuck with Frank Lampard for the remainder of the campaign.
Everton sacked Lampard back in January following a run of 10 games in all competitions without a win, and Jordan insists that the Toffees would ‘already be gone’ had they decided to keep the 44-year-old.
Indeed, Everton appointed former Burnley manager Sean Dyche following Lampard’s dismissal and despite an initial upturn in results, the Blues now sit 19th in the Premier League table and face an uphill battle for survival.
However, Jordan believes that relegation would already be a certainty at Goodison Park had Lampard remained in the dugout.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Jordan, when asked by fellow pundit Jim White if Everton’s luck had finally run out, said
“It tends to happen, the more you flirt with the bottom of the Premier League table, eventually it catches you.
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I still would not write Everton off. I think they’d be gone now if Frank was still (there), they’d already be gone.”
Lampard sacking by Everton should have been much earlier it could cost the club PL safety
Lampard made a shock return to Stamford Bridge earlier this month to take over as interim coach of Chelsea following the dismissal of Graham Potter, but has lost five consecutive games in all competitions.
Indeed, combining his stint at Everton with his current role at Chelsea, Lampard is now on a run of 15 games on the spin without a victory as manager.
Few would argue that Lampard should have actually been sacked much sooner by Everton and had the Blues taken the initiative prior to the break for the FIFA World Cup last winter, safety may already be guaranteed.
However, with five games remaining, Everton face a fight for Premier League survival starting with a relegation six-pointer at Leicester City on Monday evening.
The Foxes are in 18th place in the Premier League table, just one place and one point above Sean Dyche’s side.