Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that he has been “told” that Everton are desperate to stick by manager Frank Lampard, and want to “persist” with their current boss for as long as possible – despite a poor run of form.
Lampard has watched his side lose six of their last eight games in all competitions – winning only once. That includes two consecutive defeats to Bournemouth before the World Cup, losing 4-1 and 3-0 in the Cup, and then the League.
Everton are sitting in a woeful 17th position and while there is little expectation of a top-half finish, fans were hopeful that they would avoid a relegation scrap this season. As things stand, that looks unlikely this season, under Lampard.
Lampard has a contract at Everton until the summer of 2024. A deal that would be easily terminated, given the lack of length. Jones has shared what he has been told regarding the Everton board’s stance on Lampard and his future.
“For now I’m told that Everton want to stick with Frank Lampard. They’re going to try and persist with him for as long as they can,” Jones said, when discussing Lampard’s tenure at Everton moving forward.
“I guess early January results will tell us how long that’s going to be feasible. Whether they can see out the whole season with him,. What the actual hopes can be for Lampard as manager.“
Jones told Everton desperate to stick by under-fire manager Lampard
How much longer can they stick by Lampard, before fans begin to turn? That is the question. Six defeats and just one win from eight is worrying. Lampard does seem to have the backing of fans, at least, in the majority.
But losses, a lack of wins and the club’s Premier League position could see fans drift from Lampard in, to Lampard out. The run of games does not get any easier. In their next eight, they have both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Arsenal.