Frank Lampard admits Everton are ‘in difficult times’ but urges everyone at the club to ‘move forward’

Under-fire Everton boss Frank Lampard says his future is ‘not my choice’ as pressure mounts on his position after his side’s defeat by West Ham… as he insists the toffees are NOT too big to take to go under

Everton manager Frank Lampard has said his future at the club is not up to him as he insisted the club is not too big to relegate after the 2-0 defeat by West Ham.

Jarrod Bowen scored twice in the first half to give the hosts all three points and ensure Everton are rooted on the relegation zone.

Pressure has mounted on Lampard and he has admitted the club are in “tough times” as a number of fans have protested in the stands.

Everton manager Frank Lampard is under more pressure after Saturday's defeat by West Ham

Everton manager Frank Lampard is under more pressure after Saturday’s defeat by West Ham

Speaking to the BBC after Saturday’s defeat, Lampard said: “Fans are realists, they’ve been watching the team for the past few years. History moves and nothing gives you the right to play in their league. We’ve seen huge football clubs go under.

“If you don’t move, you’re going to have tough times, we’re in tough times and everyone has to try to move forward.”

Loss to West Ham means Everton are without a win in their last eight league games, with the last win coming against Crystal Palace in October.

On the protests from fans, Lampard added: “I didn’t see that (fan protests). The fans support us and travel a long way for us. It was a strange game, we had a lot of control possession but the killer instinct in their team was better than ours. In terms of tactical control, we had a lot.

Everton are now second in the table after losing at the London Stadium

Everton are now second in the table after losing at the London Stadium

Everton fans continued their protests against the club's board on Saturday afternoon

Everton fans continued their protests against the club’s board on Saturday afternoon

“It’s a big task, I knew that when I took the job because we were looking at a relegation battle at the time. We fought hard and stayed in the league. We lost Richarlison and now we’ve been trying to build on that, so it’s normal that we fight again when other clubs try to progress.

“I don’t want to say how Everton fans feel, my job is to give it my all at work here. We had a lot of possession but were close in the last third.

“It’s impossible for me to jump ahead, last season we were five points behind safety with five or six games to go, but as a club we need to pull together. I can’t complain about the spirit of the players and how they approached the game. You may have passed it slowly, but we didn’t find it in the last third.

The Toffees are without a win in eight Premier League games, the last win coming in October

The Toffees are without a win in eight Premier League games, the last win coming in October

Everton remain rooted in the relegation zone ahead of bottom Southampton due to their superior goal difference.

When confronted by Sky Sports after the game, the club’s majority owner Farhad Moshiri was unable to give Lampard a vote of confidence, simply replying: ‘It’s not my decision’ when asked if the former Chelsea midfielder’s time was up be.

Everton return to action when they host leaders Arsenal at Goodison Park in two weeks’ time.

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Maureen Mackey

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