The Athletic reveal Everton board opinion of Frank Lampard sacking amid Goodison Park 'crisis'
After a seven-match unbeaten run, Everton went into the break losing six of their last eight games, putting Frank Lampard under huge pressure.
The Toffees will spend Christmas hovering just one point above the relegation zone in 17th. A strong few months in the middle of the season saw Everton at one point boast the best defensive record in the league, but things quickly fell apart.
Everton endured a terrible final week of domestic football before the World Cup break, with back-to-back heavy defeats to Bournemouth in both the Carabao Cup and then the Premier League.
But despite the fan unrest in those games and the pressure building over Lampard, The Athletic have revealed that the Everton board are backing Lampard to turn things around.
“Crisis baton has ended up being passed on to Frank Lampard’s Everton,” wrote The Athletic’s Oliver Kay.
“Lampard has suggested the break has come at a good time for him and for Everton, offering a chance to draw breath and find some clarity.
“All the indications are that the board remain supportive, recognising the work he and his staff have done to try to find a new direction after the drift of recent years, but he will know results have to improve.”
On the brink
Everton started and ended the season poorly, but enjoyed an incredible run of form in between. It showed that Lampard can get the side playing brilliant, attractive football – however, consistency is still a huge issue.
Toffees fans aren’t sure about which version of their side they’ll see. Sometimes fans are treated to a dominant display such as during the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in October, but on another occasion, they are played off the park by a second-string Bournemouth team.
It’s a huge issue that Lampard needs to address, but his form over September and October has afforded him more time to find the answers.
The January transfer window will help, and in fairness to the Everton boss, his signings over the summer ended up all being superb additions to the side. The board need to double down on their support him and supply him with enough of a budget to improve the side.
A fast restart is definitely needed upon the resumption of the Premier League, otherwise, Lampard risks more unrest among the fans.