‘That’s not under my control’: Frank Lampard admits his future is OUT OF his hands after Everton crashed out of the FA Cup with defeat to Manchester United… with the Toffees on nine defeats in 12 matches
Frank Lampard admits his future is not in his hands after Everton crashed out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
The Everton manager was given a standing ovation by the club’s 9000 traveling fans following a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United and deservedly so, as the scoreline did not reflect how close they were to getting a positive result.
But Lampard understands that a run of results that now reads nine defeats in 12 matches in all competitions leaves him vulnerable to the whims of owner Farhad Moshiri and while he has the support of supporters, it is unclear whether this extends to the boardroom.
Frank Lampard’s position at Everton is under more pressure following their exit from the FA Cup
The struggling Toffees have now lost nine of their last 12 games in all competitions
‘That’s not under my control,’ he said. It’s not for me to focus on that. It is for me to focus on what I saw tonight and that is a performance that every manager wants with the attitude of the team, and the focus. The focus now is Southampton.’
Lampard, whose team remains in the relegation zone, added to ITV sport: ‘This league can change very quickly and when you’re on a difficult run you have to work hard to get out of it but it can change.
‘I don’t want to talk about my future, I just want to talk about the players and how well they played. My focus is on this team and getting a result against Southampton.’
On the ovation he and his players received at the end, Lampard said: ‘The reaction at the end of the game probably speaks volumes. They saw that spirit in the team and the way we played and we deserved to get a result and that was good for the players to see.
Lampard said he was focused on his next game but the defeat put his position under more threat
‘The fans respect it when you give everything for the club. We had a lot of that last season and early this season. Lately it’s been tough. Even though it was a difficult little season, I think the players did well. We just need a win.’
Meanwhile, Erik Ten Hag believes Marcus Rashford can be unstoppable after his superb performance was instrumental in propelling United into a draw for the next round and keeping the manager’s ambitions of winning a trophy at bay. this season.
The England international set up two goals and converted a stoppage time penalty to help United beat Everton 3-1, continuing his brilliant form. It was his fifth consecutive game in which he scored, the first time he had such a sequence in his career.
Everton play Southampton next – a chance to regain their form if Lampard continues
Ten Hag was delighted with Rashford’s bit of form, insisting there is scope for him to be even better and he said: ‘It was a great performance, staying in the game from the first minute as a team he worked with to defeat and Marcus is the one who has gone forward and shown confidence and belief and good movement at the back, bringing players on and I think he is a 90-minute threat for Everton’s defensive side.
‘Marcus is doing very well but also the team so that he can bring his strengths in and be unstoppable with his speed his dribbles.’