By Joe Ellis

11th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Leon Osman backs Frank Lampard as Everton manager amid 'firefighter' claim

Leon Osman has urged Everton fans to remain behind Frank Lampard despite the club falling into the Premier League relegation zone.

The Toffees are just one goal from safety right now but consistently poor results have seen Lampard’s job come under pressure as the club’s position in the top flight becomes increasingly precarious.

But despite that, former Goodison Park favourite Osman is keen to see Everton not resort to a temporary safety net and stick with the current manager.

“I think we have shown that changing the manager brings us back to the same position, doesn’t it?” Osman said to the Liverpool Echo. “We might bring in a firefighter for a few months and then find ourselves needing another one not long after it.

“There is no getting away from the frustration that all Evertonians felt. The reaction is understandable, I suppose, but we all have to get behind the manager.

“Sometimes that means just getting your head down and cheering regardless. We showed how effective that can be at the end of last season. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that. But we need to find an effective way of performing on the field to get results.”

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Ticking time bomb

As much as Everton would love to keep Lampard in his role as the club’s manager, relegation to the Championship is not really a viable option given the financial restraints already in play.

Farhad Moshiri is currently having to pay for a £500million stadium out of his own pocket after the club cut ties with Alisher Usmanov shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.

He can’t fund transfers like he wants to either after years of throwing money around willy-nilly so they desperately need their slice of the enormous Premier League pie each year.

Parachute payments won’t be enough to keep them afloat outside of the top flight for very long if they don’t bounce straight back up again.

So even if Lampard is the right man for the future, the club have to ensure there is a future ahead and that could mean the former England international gets the sack and a survival specialist comes in to work their magic.