Everton boss Frank Lampard went sober and conceded to a possible Everton exit after losing to Manchester United in EFA Cup third round.
Thr former Derby County manager and Premier League legend is treading on one of the most difficult laps in his managerial career.
Everton suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in FA Cup, extending Frank Lampard’s run of abysmal result with the Tofees this season.
They have now recorded nine defeats in the last 12 games in all competitions, and have been winless in the last 8 matches. While they salvaged a point against Manchester City, the poor run of results is making the future of Frank Lampard uncertain.
After the 3-1 loss against Manchester United, Everton fans shockingly applauded Frank Lampard and the players for a spirited and bold efforts against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Nevertheless, being popular with the fans is not an assurance that the former Chelsea and Premier League legend will continue as Everton manager.
The generous ovation by the club’s 9000 travelling fans following the 3-1 loss may count little when the whims and caprices of the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri is called upon.
Farhad Moshiri is known to be high-handed when it comes to his managers. He has no scruples showing managers the exit door when the results are not forthcoming.
When asked about his future at the club after the game, the Chelsea legend did not mince words admitting soberly that his future is not in his hands.
‘That’s not under my control,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard commended the attitude of his players during the game despite suffering a defeat.
He commended the players for a brilliant, brave, and spirited challenge against the resurgent Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United.
Frank Lampard said: ‘It’s not for me to focus on that. It’s for me to focus on what I saw tonight and that was a performance that every manager wants with the attitude of the team, and the focus. The focus now is Southampton.
‘I don’t want to talk about my future, I only want to talk about the players and how well they played. My focus is on this team and getting a result against Southampton.’
Asked about how he received the ovation of the fans despite the loss, Frank Lampard maintained the ovation has spoken of the job done in the team, the character of the squad
“The reaction at the end of the game probably speaks. They saw that spirit in the team and the way we played and we deserved to get a result and that is good for the players to see,” he said.
Frank Lampard added the fans are aware of the job done by both the players and the team’s coaching crew. He maintained the team will bounce back from the sequence of poor results.
Throughout the game, Everton played their hearts out and gave the home side a tough fight. Antony opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 4th minute.
Immediately after the goal, Conor Coardy level things up for the Tofees, capitalizing on a horrendous mistake by David de Gea to volley the ball into the back of the net.
After intense pressure by Manchester United, Conor Coardy mistakenly poked the ball into his own net to restore Manchester United’s lead.
Marcus Rashford later scored a late penalty to seal the win for the home side as Frank Lampard recorded his ninth defeat in 12 competitive games with the Tofees.
Everton are currently in the relegation zone. They are 18th on the Premier League table with 15 points from 18 games. They will host Southampton in their next game, with Frank Lampard still in search of his first three points after 12 matches.