Everton fans are starting to question Frank Lampard but former captain Kevin Campbell would “love” the club to keep and back the manager.
The former Chelsea boss is under enormous pressure after the lacklustre 4-1 home defeat to Brighton on Tuesday (3 January), with the club now inside the relegation zone without a win in six Premier League games.
But Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, feels Lampard hasn’t had anything like the support that previous managers have had and removing him now is not the answer.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “If I’m honest I think it’s more frustration. The one thing I can tell you about the Everton crowd, they’re very knowledgable.
“They understand what’s going on, but frustration because they’re very passionate about their football club so when results aren’t going their way they are going to let people know.
“I know some fans who are questioning whether Lampard’s the right man, but I don’t question him.
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“He needs to be given some of the backing that some of other managers at the club have had. He’s never been afforded that.
“He’s come in and had to scrap and scrape to keep the club up at the back end of last season.
“In the summer he had a little bit of money, but not the kind of money that could change the fortunes of Everton.
“He’s never had his own Everton team really, it’s been patchy.
“Me personally, I’d love them to stick with Lampard, back him, and let him build something.
“Because hiring and firing doesn’t work.
“At the moment there’s probably four or five of the manager’s players at the football club, and quite a few players whose contracts are up in the summer.
“At least Frank Lampard might get the opportunity to start shaping a squad [then]. I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with it at the moment, especially the first XI.
“They just need more firepower in there. You stick a fit Dominic Calvert-Lewin in there and it changes Everton’s fortunes, so that’s what they need.”
Everton are damned if they do and damned if they don’t right now and every negative result heightens the unrest around the fanbase.
Lampard should be doing better with the players he has at his disposal, but that could equally be levelled at every boss since Farhad Moshiri took over and they had so much more spent on their sides.
If Everton were to make a change in the dugout now and results didn’t improve then they would be even worse off than they currently are, but it is difficult for anybody to find comfort in the idea of stability when the Toffees are heading the wrong way down the table with it.