There are reportedly “real concerns” in the Everton boardroom about the club’s future under Frank Lampard and the Chelsea legend has spoken out amid speculation about his future
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The toffees faced each other Burnley in a crucial relegation battle on Wednesday, however Lost 2-3 despite leading at half time to leave them just one point behind the bottom three. A win would have put them six points clear of the Clarets, but now they could find themselves in the relegation zone on Sunday if Burnley improve their result.
With a tough series of games to come evertonthere are reportedly some concerned board members with only nine games remaining to avoid the drop.
Corresponding Sky Sportsthere is real concern in the Everton boardroom as The relegation could hit the club massively, although with just nine games left before the end of the season, a change of manager may not solve their problems. That doesn’t mean Lampard is guaranteed to be in charge at the end of the campaign, but the owners are hopeful that the result will improve.
You host a Manchester United side on Saturday desperate for points and Lampard has responded to speculation about his immediate future. “For me, in my relatively short managerial career, I probably have 18 months at Chelsea with the same. You know, 18 months, but you’re probably two games out of the bag,” he said.
“It’s just the nature of them First League, the pressure. You sign up for it, and I have no problem with that. And even if you reach a cup final, finish in the top four or whatever, you still know the rules. In terms of speculation, I have no problem with that.”
Relegation would plunge the club into a crisis as very few players in the squad have contracts that automatically reduce if they are relegated to the league, meaning they will continue to earn high wages in a lower league. Relegation has not even been considered by the Everton board this season and Lampard is already fighting for his job.
“We’re a huge club so people want to talk about it. In terms of football, I don’t think people should talk about the fact that we’re different from the other teams in the battle we’re in, we have no right not to be in the relegation battle.
“But I’m proud to be in charge here, proud to continue the story of this club in a positive way so I’m not wasting my time. I just want to talk about being here. I’ve come to a great club , with a squad of Players to work, to function well, the results are the turning point and I understand that.
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“When we win on Wednesday everything feels great, but when you don’t it turns the other way. If we’re caught up in this hysteria, we’re caught up in it. We have a job to do and we’re working hard.”
It’s expected to be a fearsome battle at Goodison Park on Saturday, with United seeing it as a must-go game to keep their top-four hopes alive, but a defeat for Everton could see them shy away from it Descent staring in the face. Lucky for United, Cristiano Ronaldo will return after missing 1-1 draw leicester out last time.
Everton are hoping they can make the most of their home advantage as the only two Premier League games they’ve won this year have both been played at Goodison Park. However, these wins were against newcastle and Leeds and United pose a very different threat, compounded by the fact they won 3-1 in that game last season.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/everton-frank-lampard-sack-relegation-26671319 Frank Lampard speaks to the boardroom amid 'genuine concerns' about Everton's future