While some may think that this winter break has come at the right time for Everton and Frank Lampard given they were on a poor run of form and star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is once again out injured, the manager may well be thinking otherwise given their recent defeats.
The Everton boss will now have several weeks to stew on the fact his side had lost back-to-back games against Bournemouth, conceding seven times and scoring once, which could be hard to shift from his mind until they return to action after Christmas.
King has acknowledged that Lampard knows he has to start picking up better results, but also defended the boss for what he’s achieved at Goodison Park.
He said: “Frank Lampard obviously knows that he’s got to improve the situation, but let’s not forget that it was only six weeks ago that they were seven games unbeaten, which was the joint-best run the club had had since 2014, and everybody was saying that Frank had made them defensively resilient.
“At one point they had the best goals against column in the Premier League and he was getting lauded for that, so you can’t have this incredible swing from someone being seen as a bright young manager on one hand to then being at Bournemouth and saying he’s got to go.”
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TIF Thoughts on Lampard’s future…
It certainly will be a ropey few weeks for Everton and Lampard, as unless he has had assurances, the manager may not be 100% confident he will remain in charge for when club football starts up again given how poor they ended the first period of the campaign.
However, Lampard proved last season that he’s a safe pair of hands if the club are once again merely looking to survive, but come the end of the season, he could well be replaced if they fail to make progress from last campaign.
It’s not as if Lampard hasn’t been backed, either. Since he joined the club, he’s brought in players such as Dele Alli, Neal Maupay, Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye, so we agree that he’ll know things will have to get better sooner rather than later.