Everton boss, Frank Lampard has finally spoke about his future at the club amid relegation threat.
The Toffees are fighting to avoid relegation for the first time in 71 years, and are two points away of safety – a gap that may grow to five points with two games left – when they face Lampard’s former side Chelsea at home on Sunday.
Everton have won only three Premier League games since the former England midfielder took over from Rafael Benitez in late January, and a relegation to the Sky Bet Championship is now a worrying reality.
The former Chelsea star however, insist he is committed to being Everton manager for as long as the Premier League club want him.
He was asked if he will continue as the head coach at Everton if his team were eventually relegated and Lampard said: “I don’t want to get drawn on that question but what I will say is I’ve loved every minute at this club.
“I’ve been welcomed incredibly well by fans. I’ll give it everything for as long as Everton want me here.”
However, the loss of defender Ben Godfrey for the duration of their relegation struggle has made his job slightly more harder.
The defender Injured his thigh muscle in the warm-up before Liverpool’s Merseyside derby defeat at Anfield last weekend, and with fellow centre-back Yerry Mina only recently returning from a more than two-month layoff, Godfrey’s absence is a major blow.
“Ben’s out and will be a few weeks out,” added Lampard.
“We would love to get him back before the end of the season but it will be a close call.”
Lampard will also be without midfielders Donny Van De Beek (groin) and Andre Gomes, but will be able to call on striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has missed the last two games due to injury.
Following the loss to Liverpool, the club filed a complaint with Professional Game Match Officials Limited regarding the handling of a penalty appeal against Anthony Gordon.
It was the second time they had been forced to take such action, following PGMOL boss Mike Riley’s apologized last month for failing to award a potential penalty equalizer against Manchester City for a handball against Rodri.
But there has been no such response this time around.
Lampard said: “I didn’t expect there to be another one, to have two apologies in critical games against the two strongest teams in the country. Against Manchester City that cost us a point on the day.
“Against Liverpool who knows what that cost us if we get a penalty and go 1-0 up, that’s hard to gauge.
“But they are things which can clearly affect you in a relegation battle.”
The FA also wrote to Lampard this week asking him to explain his comments about the officiating in the derby.
“They wrote to me, I wrote back to them. At that point, I haven’t heard anything further,” he said.