Victor Anichebe is confident Everton will be relegated from the Premier League unless he sacks manager Frank Lampard.
Former Everton striker Anichebe watched on TV as Lampard’s side blew a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 to compatriots Burnley on Wednesday.
Everton were leading at half-time after two penalties from Richarlison turned the game in their favor following an opener from Nathan Collins.
But Jay Rodriguez equalized in the 57th minute, before Maxwel Cornet fired Burnley in the 85th minute.
Lampard responded by bringing on striker Salomon Rondon in place of Mason Holgate, who was playing in midfield, in the 87th minute.
The delay in this substitution left Anichebe unimpressed, who took to Instagram to fume.
On Lampard’s replacement, Anichebe wrote: “Too late. I should have brought him in 10 minutes ago.”
Anichebe also said fellow striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin had “been poor”.
He added: “The players aren’t good enough, but neither is Frank, although I love him as a player and [he] looks like a top guy.
“Everton will drop 100% if no changes are made.”
Should Lampard be sacked, Anichebe believes Sam Allardyce would be a strong short-term candidate to retain them.
Allardyce once managed the Toffees. He took charge of 26 games in the 2017/18 season, winning 10 and drawing seven, having been appointed when the club were 17th in the Premier League. They finished eighth.
Despite his respectable record in terms of results, Everton fans were unimpressed with Allardyce’s style of play.
After Wednesday’s game, Anichebe posted a photo of Allardyce on his Instagram story, suggesting, not for the first time, that he would be a better leader than Lampard.
He captioned it with the message: “I said this weeks ago… y’all laughed. Some said rather come down with dignity. Okkkkk.”
Anichebe later added that Lampard is ‘a good coach’ but appointing him to manage a relegation-battling side ‘was nonsense’.
He concluded: “If something doesn’t happen tonight, they’re 100% down. Right now it’s 60%. Keep the faith.”
Lampard has taken charge of 12 Everton games to date, winning four and losing eight. Only one of those wins has come in the Premier League.
Anichebe, 33, made 131 Premier League appearances for Everton between 2006 and 2013.