Frank Lampard insists he is not worried about his future as Everton manager but accepts the pressure is mounting with the club embroiled in a fight for Premier League survival.
Lampard has been unable to stop Everton’s slide towards the relegation zone since replacing Rafael Benítez and speculation over his position began after just 12 games in charge. The Everton manager has lost eight and won four of his matches so far and, despite the destabilizing hire and fire culture created by club owner Farhad Moshiri, says his only concern is winning the victory against Manchester United on Saturday.
“I can’t control it, so I can’t worry about it,” Lampard said of the dismissal rumors that followed Wednesday’s damaging loss at Burnley. “I tried to answer it honestly. I’m not stupid, you take a managerial position in the Premier League, and maybe in the situation I arrived here or at Chelsea where I go there with a [transfer] ban, and half a team of kids who played in the championship the year before, but we were expected to finish in the top four.
“It’s just the reality of the work we do. So in that sense I’m not worried. I’m just afraid of getting my job tomorrow. I’m just worried about choosing the right team as I see it, people who want to fight and give everything to the club, to win a result tomorrow. I understand that, but that’s my main concern.
Everton have nine games to avoid a first relegation since 1951 but face a daunting schedule with United, Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester to play again in the next five games. Lampard, who spoke to Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright this week, added: “In my relatively short managerial career I probably spent 18 months at Chelsea with the same, for 18 months you’re probably at two games from the sack Maybe that’s a symptom of football and the Premier League It’s the pressure No problem you sign up for it I don’t have a problem Even if you get to an FA Cup final and you’re in the top four, you still know the rules.
“I have no problem with that in terms of speculation. We are a big club and people want to talk about it. In terms of football, I don’t think people should talk about us any differently than the teams we fight with. We have no right not to fight a battle against relegation, whatever the story. But what I am is to be proud to manage here and proud to carry the history of the club forward. positive way.