Lampard slammed for making "dangerous" remarks after "b******s" Everton comment

Chris Sutton has blasted Frank Lampard for questioning whether his Everton squad have the "b******s" to play in big games.

The Toffees manager made the scathing remarks in the aftermath of his side's humiliating 4-0 FA Cup quarter-final thrashing by Crystal Palace on Sunday. In an explosive post-match interview, Lampard used the expletive as he launched into his players before admitting he does not have "a magic wand to get inside people's heads and change resilience".

Former Premier League striker Sutton has since condemned Lampard for his "dangerous" comments. The pundit has insisted the recently-appointed Everton boss may well come to "regret" his remarks which could inflict further "damage" on an already fragile dressing room.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's The Monday Night Club, Sutton stated: "The team are in an absolute mess but his language was extremely strong, questioning the side's courage. He talked about [how] he doesn't have a magic wand to get inside people's heads and change resilience across the whole squad.

"Well.. is that not his job? When you look at what Eddie Howe has done at Newcastle United there has been a noticeable change.

"He was chucking things out there and I wonder whether he will regret some of the things he said because I think it can be damaging within the dressing room. It's not a good dressing room at this moment in time but [when] you start questioning players' courage, I think that there may be a problem.

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"He's come out and slaughtered his players and yet he needs these players to keep him up, so what he said is very, very dangerous in my book. It's a big gamble what he said and let's see whether the players react."

Sutton then turned the tables on Lampard, first questioning his deadline day signings before suggesting the Everton manager's comments hinted at his own insecurities and personal doubts. He added: "From the outside, people may be looking at players who he has recruited, who haven't hit the ground running, and thinking he could have done much better.

"His words at the weekend worried me a little bit. They worried me, because I actually thought for the first he may be doubting himself in maybe taking the job.

"My worry for Frank is if things don't work out here, where does he go from Everton? He's an intelligent man, but the way he's talking I think there's massive frustration."

Everton remain precariously placed in the Premier League table, a mere three points above the relegation zone. The Toffees secured a vital win over Newcastle in speculation fashion last week – Lampard's second triumph in seven league games.

The Toffees face a daunting Premier League run-in on paper as relegation from England's top-flight for the first time since 1951 looks a real possibility. Sunday's demolition at the hands of Crystal Palace will have done little to boost morale either, with some of the club's supporters calling for Lampard's head just 78 days into his reign.

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