DOMINIC KING: Frank Lampard has the backing of his players and NEEDS help, not to be shown the door


DOMINIC KING: Frank Lampard NEEDS help, not to be shown the door… but Farhad Moshiri’s habit of chopping and changing managers could lead Everton back to square one

The song they sang relentlessly captured the tone of the night. High up in the East Stand, and in a huge chunk of its middle tier, 9,000 Evertonians kept on hollering about ‘The Spirit of the Blues’.

It has been part of the Everton lexicon for five decades now but it has had a huge surge in popularity in recent times. The words are emotive and illustrate the pride this group of fans have in their team.

Things have been challenging for Frank Lampard, so much so it is a case of when, rather than if, he is removed from his role as manager. But there was never going to be anything other than goodwill towards him at Old Trafford from Evertonians, who are sick to the back teeth of off-field affairs.

It was more woe for Frank Lampard who’s Everton side were defeated 3-2 by Man United 

The win means Erik ten Hag's side will meanwhile advance to the next round of the FA Cup

The win means Erik ten Hag’s side will meanwhile advance to the next round of the FA Cup 

So they roared themselves hoarse, refusing to lie down and accept their fate in Manchester, even when Antony, a winger whose approach can comfortably be described as ostentatious, put United ahead within three minutes.

Lampard and his players need every bit of assistance that is possible right now and for a considerable chunk of this evening they were dogged, determined and desperate not to submerge.

A prerequisite for Evertonians is to see running and hard work.

The loss is a concerning one for Lampard who's tenure at Everton could soon be up

The loss is a concerning one for Lampard who’s tenure at Everton could soon be up  

Brazilian forward Antony put the hosts 1-0 up after a quick start that caught Everton napping

Brazilian forward Antony put the hosts 1-0 up after a quick start that caught Everton napping 

Conor Coady soon equalised for the Blues pulling them back into the cup tie at 1-1

Conor Coady soon equalised for the Blues pulling them back into the cup tie at 1-1  

They also want to see it in other areas of the club but that has not been happening on the watch of Farhad Moshiri, where bluster and blunder is never far away.

On the eve of this tie, Moshiri received an open letter from a group of fan organisations and websites to make clear that enough is enough. 

Despite a 1-1 vs Man City, results have been poor for Everton who haven't won since November

Despite a 1-1 vs Man City, results have been poor for Everton who haven’t won since November

Things were taken a step further, too, by the Liverpool Echo who carried a forceful commentary alongside a front page that carried a screaming headline that said: ‘Silence is not an option’. 

Everton is crying out for energy and reinvigoration.

The idea Moshiri has that chopping and changing managers will unlock the key to success is utter twaddle.

It was a frustrating second half for the away side with Coady's own goal putting United ahead

It was a frustrating second half for the away side with Coady’s own goal putting United ahead 

Woes continue for Lampard as Alex Iwobi was removed from the field with a nasty injury

Woes continue for Lampard as Alex Iwobi was removed from the field with a nasty injury

Given the way Everton were beaten by Brighton, it would have been easy for them to fall asunder but, like the travelling fans, they showed oodles of spirit and frustrated United.

It enabled you to draw one firm conclusion.

Lampard has had just one transfer window during his 12-month tenure at Goodison Park

Lampard has had just one transfer window during his 12-month tenure at Goodison Park  

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (left) could now look to remove Lampard from his position

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (left) could now look to remove Lampard from his position

The vast majority of players are with Lampard. He has made mistakes, of course, his tactics haven’t always worked, but he has had one transfer window and lost his best player last summer.

He needs help, not being shown the door. If Moshiri has anything about him, he will listen and understand what is required. The worry is that old habits will die hard — and Everton will remain stuck on square one.



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