By Noel Whelan

24th Nov, 2022 | 12:55pm

Pundit can't believe 'terrible' Frank Lampard development after Everton boardroom reveal

Noel Whelan has claimed Everton may have missed the “perfect opportunity” to let a new manager transform their fortunes after choosing to stick with Frank Lampard.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Toffees could find themselves in a “terrible situation” if they decide to sack Lampard after the World Cup.

Everton sources told this site on Tuesday (22 November) that Everton are not planning to hold talks with one-time manager target Marcelo Bielsa despite the collapse in his talks with Bournemouth.

Football Insider revealed last week (15 November) that club chiefs have decided to stand by Lampard and give him time to turn their season around despite considering a move for Bielsa.

Everton, who have embarked on a mid-season tour of Australia, sit in 17th place and just one point outside the drop zone after 15 games.

Whelan claimed Lampard’s first priority must be to get fans back onside after ugly scenes during their last Premier League game.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think they should have looked at what Rangers did by sacking Van Bronckhorst.

“It’s not an easy decision, but you’ve got to make it quickly. They may just have missed this perfect opportunity to replace him and let a new manager have some time with the team.

“They’ve not done that, so they’ve got to let him try and galvanise this team.

“He needs to win the fans back – that’s massive. He’ll have that sour taste in his mouth from what he saw before the break.

“He’s got to rebuild the trust, but that only comes with winning football matches. They could be in a terrible situation if they sack him just after the Premier League comes back.”

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