Frank Lampard retains the full support of owner Farhad Moshiri and Everton’s board despite Wednesday night’s defeat by Burnley pushing the club closer to relegation.
The Toffees are 17th in the table and now just a point ahead of Sean Dyche’s men after throwing away a 2-1 lead at Turf Moor, with Maxwel Cornet’s 85th minute strike proving decisive.
Lampard, who has been in charge at Goodison Park for a little over two months, is yet to pick up a point away and has lost seven of his nine Premier League games.
However, despite Everton’s miserable record on the road, Sportsmail understands that there is still a strong belief within the club that Lampard can keep them up.
Frank Lampard reacts during Everton’s disappointing 3-2 defeat by rivals Burnley at Turf Moor
Alex Iwobi, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate (L-R) appear dejected after Burnley’s winning goal
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Performances at home have generally improved since the former Chelsea manager arrived on January 31, with league wins over Leeds and Newcastle, and FA Cup victories against Brentford and Boreham Wood.
The Blues were unfortunate not to pick up a point at home to champions Manchester City after Rodri’s late handball went unpunished, although a deserved 1-0 defeat by Wolves was another blow to their hopes of survival.
Club officials are not panicking and are far from resigned to relegation, with the mood within the camp said to still be positive despite their predicament. It is hoped that improved displays at Goodison – combined with the raucous atmosphere created by the fans – can play a part in escaping the drop.
A minority of supporters called for Lampard for be sacked on social media in the wake of last night’s loss, while outspoken former striker Victor Anichebe claimed that his old club will ‘100% go down if a change isn’t made’.
However, Lampard still appears to retain the backing of most fans, with many in the away end at Turf Moor singing his name prior to Burnley’s fightback. Most importantly, those above him still believe in his ability to steer the club to safety.
Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright were united in their decision to hand the ex-Derby manager a two-and-a-half year deal at the end of January, having considered the likes of Vitor Pereira, Wayne Rooney and Duncan Ferguson to replace Rafa Benitez.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright are keeping faith with Lampard
Maxwel Cornet wheels away in celebration after condemning Everton to yet another defeat
Benitez, who was appointed directly by Moshiri, was a hugely unpopular choice among supporters due to his close ties with rivals Liverpool, and after a bright start things quickly turned sour.
While Kenwright was not involved in the divisive appointment of the Spaniard, the decision making behind the scenes is said to have improved since and the club recently moved to bring in a new director of football, former Wolves chief Kevin Thelwell.
It is hoped that Thelwell, working alongside Lampard and his backroom staff, will have the time to improve the club’s much-maligned recruitment strategy over the summer, with a focus on signing aggressive, hungry players.
But for now, the focus remains on staying in the Premier League, starting again with Saturday lunchtime’s visit of Manchester United – Everton’s third game in seven days.
The relentless nature of this week’s fixtures is also believed to have played a part in the attitude around the club, with Wednesday night’s loss already forgotten as Lampard and his squad look ahead to another crucial match at home.
Richarlison scored twice from the spot against Burnley but Everton threw their lead away
Lampard is already busy preparing his side for a game against Manchester United on Saturday
Reports earlier in the day suggesting that Moshiri was heading to Liverpool – perhaps for talks with his manager – are untrue, with all eyes said to be on picking up a positive result against Ralf Rangnick’s side.
Tough fixtures against the likes of Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea follow soon after, while a six-pointer against Watford has been rescheduled for May 11.
Speaking after the defeat at Burnley, Lampard told Sky Sports: ‘We got into good areas but we were not clinical enough. At that point you always leave the game open, then we make mistakes for their goals.
‘Listen, the players have to work and fight to get through this if it’s a lack of confidence. We are in a battle. If we didn’t know it, we do now. We’re still above Burnley in the table so we have to keep fighting and looking forward.
‘All the teams around us are in similar positions. You look at the results it’s why we are where we are, because of results over a long period and the same for other teams around us.’