Everton conceded their fourth defeat in a row at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon against Wolves, with only goal difference now standing between them and the relegation zone in the Premier League.
That promoted fan outrage in the stands during the game, and Alan Myers has now given his perspective.
What’s the word?
Former Toffees goalkeeper, Neville Southall took to Twitter to reflect on the result and lift spirits amongst disappointed supporters following the defeat this weekend, and popular Everton journalist, Myers, joined in on the defiant approach to the vulnerable position the club has found itself in this season.
The former Everton communications director Tweeted:
“Nev’s right, this isn’t putting it on the fans, this is realising the reality of the situation, we the fans have to continue doing our bit, because the alternative won’t help, the players need to step up 100%, only they can change this now.”
Decline is deepening
Frank Lampard, his squad and coaches will definitely be starting to feel the heat as they are rapidly running out of opportunities to give themselves a chance to climb the table into safety this season. However, there is still potentially light at the end of the tunnel despite their steep decline.
The ex-Chelsea boss also remains defiant amidst consecutive defeats and relegation woes, speaking after the Wolves game yesterday:
“We and the players have to stay brave. We have to stick to how we want to play. When we play through lines we can be a really effective team,” he said.
Everton do have an advantage on their relegation competitors, with three games in hand on Watford and Norwich, and one game in hand over Burnley, giving Lampard the advantage and opportunity to pick up more points, with 32 points still available for the taking.
With that being said, the fixtures that lie ahead for the Toffees will be challenging and the manager will need to work hard with his team to establish the best way to tackle the difficult clashes against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal over the next few months.
What’s particularly worrying for the Goodison Park faithful is the final passage of Myers’ tweet, suggesting that the players, and not the manager, are the only ones who could change proceedings. Considering how below par they’ve been already this season, that doesn’t bode well.
There are still lots of opportunities to grasp for Lampard in arguably the toughest challenge of his managerial career, and saving Everton from their first-ever relegation from the Premier League over the remaining games would be the ultimate test as to whether the former midfielder has what it takes to manage at this level.
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