Simon Jordan believes Everton ‘deserve’ relegation because of the investment behind their dismal campaign.
The Toffees remain two points from safety, with a game less, following their 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Burnley and Leeds are the other two clubs fighting for their lives on 34 points – two above Everton – and Jordan believes the Toffees are the least deserving of survival.
Everton have spent over £500m since 2016, far more than the teams around them.
“Frankly they don’t deserve to be left standing, with the investment in this team and this group of players,” the former Crystal Palace owner told talkSPORT.
“The penny backed up somehow. I think it’s more to do with the fans than with Frank Lampard.
“These players have gotten the message now: first of all, they are really in danger.
“Secondly, they play in front of a group of fans who coach them with far more commitment than these players actually deserve.”
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He added: “Based on what has been invested in this team and what is expected of this team, it is very difficult to say that they deserve to avoid the downfall.”
Everton fans played their part in the invaluable win over the Blues and Jordan believes Lampard’s men were also helped by great sides who failed to show up.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both been beaten 1-0 at Goodison Park in recent weeks.
The White and Jordan host added: “It also helps that they’ve had two of the Premier League’s ‘elite’ teams show up and are absolutely crap.
“Chelsea was poor. Pickford made some wonderful saves as Chelsea pulled themselves together. But the first half was shit.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Lampard deserves more credit for his tactics.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “Of course the fans helped, but it was also the way he set them up and the personnel he chose.
“We criticized his selection of players who keep making mistakes. He picked a certain type of player on Sunday.
“They had more legs, more energy. He played Iwobi at right-back, he matched Chelsea’s three at the back. So there is merit for Frank.
“The fans don’t kick a ball, even though they’ve been great.”
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