Backing won't change Lampard

Backing won’t change Frank Lampard… Everton boss admits the pressure ISN’T off despite owner Farhad Moshiri’s support as his side prepare for Southampton test having lost nine of their last 12 games

  • Frank Lampard has insisted the pressure isn’t off for his Everton side to perform
  • The Toffees boss was backed publicly by club owner Farhad Moshiri in the week
  • Everton have lost nine of their last 12 games and face Southampton on Saturday
  • Moshiri insisted results must improve with the club in the relegation zone 

Frank Lampard is taking nothing for granted about his future as he prepares for the biggest game of Everton’s season.

Farhad Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder, publicly endorsed Lampard this week and pledged to give him and Kevin Thelwell, the club’s Director of Football, support. The Iranian billionaire, however, insisted results must improve.

Everton have lost nine of their last 12 fixtures but a victory against Southampton could radically alter their position and Lampard, who has spoken privately to both Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright in recent days, knows the onus is on him to produce.

Frank Lampard has insisted that the pressure is not off his side despite recent backing

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri recently publicly gave his support to Lampard and his team

Everton have lost nine of their last 12 Premier League games and are 18th in the table

Asked if the pressure was off after Moshiri’s statement, Lampard said: ‘No. It’s my job to get on with things. I’m not making light of the statement at all but, genuinely, I’ve been in this game a long time.

‘I left Chelsea having beaten Luton in the FA Cup and while preparing for the next game. It’s the job. I don’t get carried away when it’s the other way around. I don’t win a game or two and expect a new contract. You just have to work.’ 

Everton have yet to make a signing in the January window but they face huge competition to bring in a forward. They wanted to sign Georgino Rutter, who is moving to Leeds for £35m, and Kevin Schade, who has joined Brentford, but missed out on both.

The former midfielder insisted he will ‘get on with things’ after the statement from Moshiri

Lampard said: ‘I have to concentrate on the squad I have got here because the lads are working hard and I don’t want to be talking this squad down. 

‘I think we can do better and I think we should have got more points in different areas so far.

‘So we have to take that one ourselves, myself, in terms of whilst we have the squad here, I can’t be thinking “why not that one? I want that one!” – until they come in then you work with the squad we have now.’

Everton face Southampton this weekend in what appears to already be a relegation six-pointer

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