Everton: Frank Lampard facing Goodison Park exit this summer


Everton will not keep Frank Lampard as their manager beyond the current campaign if they get relegated, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 43-year-old tactician only replaced former boss Rafa Benitez on deadline day in January, but his short tenure has not had the desired impact at this moment in time.

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Under Benitez, Everton made a relatively fast start, losing just one of their opening seven Premier League games to spark genuine hope of a push for European football.

However, things quickly turned sour under the Spaniard. A run of just one victory in 13 top-flight fixtures left the Toffees sitting in 15th position and only six points above the relegation places.

It was hoped that Lampard’s arrival would spark a change in fortunes on the blue half of Merseyside, but that has not been the case so far.

Everton have picked up a meagre three wins and a draw in the 12 Premier League matches they’ve played during the former Chelsea boss’s reign, meaning they now sit in 18th position, two points from safety.

The Goodison Park outfit do have a game in hand over Burnley, though, who sit one place above them in the top-flight standings with just six encounters left to come.

What has Jones said about Lampard?

Lampard’s first managerial job was with Derby County in the Championship, and he guided the Rams to a play-off final in his only campaign at the helm.

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Nevertheless, Jones doesn’t believe he will get the opportunity to steer Everton out of the second tier of English football if they do end up going down come May.

He told GiveMeSport: “If Everton go down, Frank Lampard will not still be their manager next season. I’d be extremely surprised if that was the case.”

Can Everton avoid relegation?

Everton have the worst away record in the Premier League this term after collecting just one victory and six points from their 16 fixtures on the road throughout 2021/22.

And Lampard’s charges still have tricky games against the likes of Leicester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to come, placing much emphasis on their three other remaining clashes.

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Everton are set to host Brentford and Crystal Palace before the season reaches its conclusion, while also traveling to face relegation-threatened Watford.

The Hornets have the worst home record in the division, though, potentially providing hope that Everton can pick up a much-needed positive result at Vicarage Road.

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