Everton: 'Massive few weeks ahead' at Goodison Park after Palace loss

Everton getting relegated could be really damaging for Frank Lampard‘s reputation, believes journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 43-year-old already has his doubters after being sacked by Chelsea and failing to win promotion with Derby County, and O’Rourke thinks adding relegation to his CV would be detrimental in his young career as a manager.

How are things going for Lampard at Everton?

Not well. The ex-Chelsea and Derby boss just oversaw a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Prior, he was able to steer Everton to victory and to a crucial three points against relegation rivals Newcastle United in the Premier League. However, before that, the Toffees had gone on a run that saw them win just one of their previous nine top-flight games.

It shows just how much the Englishman and predecessor Rafael Benitez, who started that run, have struggled at Goodison Park this season.

Those terrible results have left Everton just above the relegation zone, meaning that Lampard and his team are in a real fight for survival.

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What has O’Rourke said about Lampard?

O’Rourke does not think Lampard can afford to see Everton go down, telling GIVEMESPORT that it would not be a good look for the England legend.

Speaking to GMS, the insider said: “If Everton were to suffer relegation, it’s not going to look good on Frank Lampard. He was brought in to ensure they stay up so massive few weeks ahead for Everton, who do look like they have a tough run-in as well, the fixtures that are ahead of them.”

Can Lampard keep Everton up?

It will certainly be a difficult challenge, with Lampard not having plenty of experience and currently in an unfamiliar position.

Speaking on talkSPORT recently, regular Simon Jordan said: “He hasn’t been there [in a relegation battle]. He doesn’t know what that looks like, so he has got to learn very quickly.”

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As O’Rourke mentioned, Everton also have some very tough games coming up. They take on West Ham and Manchester United after the international break with a six-pointer against Burnley sandwiched in between.

Sitting in 17th, just three points above Watford, the Merseyside club could easily find themselves in the relegation zone after those three fixtures.

They do, however, have a couple of games in hand on the Hornets, one being that match versus Burnley, while Lampard has some quality players to call upon, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, for example. Considering that, there is no reason why Everton cannot turn things around and retain their spot in English football’s top flight.

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