Everton will stick with Frank Lampard for the rest of the season but the axe will fall if he fails to keep the club in the Premier League.
That is the view of transfer insider Dean Jones, who says Everton will keep the faith for now. Lampard has lost five of his six games in charge but Jones told GIVEMESPORT it will not cost him his job.
It has been a tough start to say the least for Lampard, but the job was never going to be easy. He inherited a side that were already in deep trouble and in need of some inspiration.
A 3-0 win over Leeds United in just his second game in charge moved them five points clear of the relegation zone. But it has been a downward spiral since.
Everton on the slide
Four defeats on the spin have seen Everton slide and only goal difference is keeping them out of the bottom three. Many owners would pull the trigger now, but Jones does not believe that will happen at Goodison Park.
“I can’t see them getting rid of him before the end of the season, but if he takes them down, I can’t imagine they would stick with him.” Jones told GIVEMESPORT.
Despite struggling in the Premier League, Everton are going well in the FA Cup. They are in the quarter-finals for just the second time in six years.
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While staying up is all that matters, progress in the Cup could lift spirits in the camp and be a key to survival. So for now Lampard has the backing of the powers that be.
Everton need to start picking up results, starting on Thursday night at home to Newcastle.
The run of fixtures they have coming up is daunting to say the least and the clash against Newcastle could be their best chance of getting three points.
Everton have to play five of the top six still and they need a big confidence boost going into those games. Three points against Newcastle would do that so the Goodison clash is huge.
Lampard tell home truths
Anything less than three points would be disastrous and Lampard is telling his players behind closed doors, exactly what the Championship is like.
Lampard managed Derby in the Championship and he does not want to take his Everton side there. He remains ever the optimist but says it is crucial his players also get some home truths.
“Behind the scenes, every manager is the same – it is your job to call things out and talk about the issues, and then you come out with the harsh truths,” Lampard told reporters ahead of the Newcastle game.
“Yes, I’ve brought home the reality of our situation. But it was real that we were down there [already] when I came in, and there were tough games coming up.”