Frank Lampard insists he would have to be SUPERMAN to fix things at Everton
Frank Lampard has vowed to fight for his future but admitted he would need to be Superman to solve all of Everton’s problems.
The 44-year-old heads into Friday night’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United and is aware owner Farhad Moshiri is considering ending his 11-month tenure after a dismal run of eight defeats in 11 games in all competitions.
Lampard has held his hands up over the results Everton have suffered but insisted he doesn’t need public support from Moshiri, the Iranian billionaire whose seven-year tenure as head of the club was marred by disaster.
Frank Lampard is under pressure to keep his job at Everton despite his poor form
The Toffees were beaten 4-1 by Brighton on Tuesday to extend their winless streak to six games
“I accept my responsibility as a manager,” he said. “I have to influence everything I can. It is true that when I joined we had a strategic review to get better in each department. I’d have to be Superman to run all the departments, those aren’t my roles.
“We know there’s still a lot to do off the pitch to get better in every way. I don’t know where we’re going to end up in the league – but getting back to where we should be? That will be a process.”
When asked about the talks he had with Everton’s board after the Brighton defeat, Lampard said: “Private talks, so simple.”
He then continued after being asked if he was seeking reassurances: “No, I have not and would never seek reassurances. Part of my job is to focus absolutely on the essentials – day after day, game after game.
Despite mounting speculation about his future, Lampard is still focused on the job at hand
He also stressed that he was not seeking any “reassurances” from the club’s board given his poor form
Everton will look to turn their fortunes against Man United in the FA Cup on Friday
“That is the absolute reality. I don’t need assurances. I come to work to get a little bit better every day; Me, the team, the squad – everything. I’m not looking for assurances.’
Lampard added: “I think I came here almost a year ago and when I entered the building, a lot of Evertonians who have such passion for the club felt that we were headed towards relegation. That’s my honest feeling.
“So we managed to have an amazing time together, that sounds a bit sloppy or whatever you want to say to stay awake. Everyone saw Palace’s pictures and I shared that moment with the fans, as did everyone at the club.
“In my mind too, I went home that evening, drank a glass of wine and [said] This is where the work begins and it’s going to be a tough road because the joy of surviving the relegation battle was all well and good, but the reality was there was a lot to do from there because of why we were in that fight .
Lampard stressed he was ready to face Everton’s challenges ‘head on’.
“So I feel like we are in that process. No, I’m not being silly, we need to get results, we want to stay in this league – it’s the first this year. We’ve just slipped into the bottom three, that’s not my main concern – and I’m not discounting it – I’m just saying we’re in and around that range, that’s the reality and if we win our next league game we probably will be in the last three.
“So that’s just part of the process for me and I can’t influence anything else. My point was that I was very aware of what I was doing with this job, I want to be successful at this club and whatever challenges come my way, I take them head on.
“I really enjoy them, I like working for this club. It’s a real honor for me. That’s why I said in my previous answer I don’t need assurances, I don’t need these things, I’m a great man working for a great club and I will keep doing it.
According to The Sun, Wayne Rooney is on owner Farhad Moshiri’s shortlist should they sack Lampard, the DC United manager’s former England team-mate.
Moshiri’s list of potential substitutes for his under-fire manager also includes Sean Dyche and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
Wayne Rooney is reportedly on Everton’s shortlist to replace Lampard at Goodison Park
Dyche has been unemployed since being sacked by Burnley in April, while Martinez – who recently resigned as Belgium boss after his World Cup retirement – previously managed the Toffees from June 2013 to May 2016.
Rooney is the surprise name on Moshiri’s shortlist, especially after he turned down his youth club last year.
During his time at Derby, Rooney admitted: “They approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job, which I turned down.
“I think I’m going to be a Premier League manager and I’m ready for that and if that’s with Everton in the future that would be great.
“It was a very difficult decision but I have a job here at Derby that is important to me.”
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