Everton: Moshiri tipped to stick with Frank Lampard at Goodison Park

Everton boss Frank Lampard watches on from the dugout

Everton are likely to stand by Frank Lampard regardless of whether they suffer the ‘absolute disaster’ of being relegated to the Championship, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Toffees are in serious danger of losing their top flight status as they are just two points clear of the Premier League’s drop zone with days of the season remaining.

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Lampard was appointed as Everton’s manager on deadline day of the January transfer window, with him signing a two-and-a-half year contract which ties him down to Goodison Park until the summer of 2024.

The Toffees hierarchy turned to Lampard after opting to sack Rafa Benitez just six-and-a-half months after handing him the managerial reins.

Lampard inherited a squad low on confidence, having secured only five domestic wins – and one since September – under the Spaniard.

The current boss has also chalked up a quintet of Premier League victories to aid Everton’s push for Premier League survival, but they are not out of the woods yet.

In all competitions, Lampard has led the Merseyside outfit to seven triumphs – including against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea – in 19 fixtures.

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What has Alex Crook said about Lampard?

Crook believes Everton owner Farhad Moshiri will opt against making another managerial change if the club are demoted to the Championship.

However, the talkSPORT reporter reckons failing to remain in the Premier League will have a major knock-on effect financially.

When asked whether he feels Everton will stick with Lampard even if they are relegated, Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I probably do, actually. I think the fans are behind him.

“Personally, I think if they do go down he can’t shoulder all of the blame on Rafa Benitez, but he would try to and I think the fans will buy into that narrative.

“But I’m not one to go along with the view that some people hold that he was appointed with one eye on the Championship because if Everton do go down, financially, it’s an absolute disaster.”

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Are Everton likely to stay up?

While Everton are in a relegation dogfight, their destiny is in their own hands as they have a game in hand over Leeds United.

It means that victory in their game in hand, which comes when Crystal Palace visit Goodison Park on Thursday, would be enough to secure safety.

Failing that, the Toffees will travel to Arsenal on the final day of the season, while Leeds are set to visit Brentford and Burnley will host Newcastle United.

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