Everton have been at the centre of media speculation surrounding their current form in the Premier League and potential replacements for Frank Lampard, however, a new update has emerged which should put doubts to rest.
According to Football Insider, Everton have made the decision to stand by Lampard to give him time to turn the season around.
As per the report, sources have claimed that despite showing interest in other managers, namely Marcelo Bielsa, the club have made a U-turn on that notion and decided to give the manager the opportunity to fix the problems the team are facing.
The Toffees are facing a similar situation as they did last season where they struggled in a difficult relegation battle before securing survival in the Premier League as they are now just one point clear of the relegation zone going into the World Cup break.
Indeed, Everton did have a good start to the season and at one point were in contention for a spot in the top half of the table. However, this momentum was short-lived and Lampard’s side have now lost three out of their last five fixtures having scored just four times.
Keeping the faith in the 44-year-old manager will likely split the Goodison Park faithful with some supporters making their feelings very clear after the defeat to Bournemouth last weekend at the Vitality Stadium. That said, after appointing six new permanent managers in as many years, some will feel that stability is something the club is desperate for right now.
Currently, the former Premier League midfielder turned manager is tallying up just one point per game and has a win percentage of an awful 23.53% in 17 games. When you compare this to his predecessor Rafa Benitez it makes for concerning reading.
The former unpopular Everton boss averaged 1.18 points per game and had a win percentage of 31.82% in 22 fixtures which although unimpressive, is considerably higher than Lampard’s over five more games in charge before he was sacked in January 2022.
As a result, Lampard will need to change the trajectory that the Merseysiders are on and fast when they return to action after Christmas, as the current performances are not enough to keep the Toffees comfortably safe from falling into the bottom three.
With that being said, if the club are certain they will stick by the manager through the troubling form they have found themselves in, they must allow him to reinvest in key areas that are lacking during the upcoming transfer window.
Indeed, keeping the boss in the job and not acquiring the right players could spell disaster with the threat of relegation looming again.