Farhad Moshiri, the primary stakeholder of Everton, continues to support Frank Lampard and wrote an open letter to dissatisfied fans to that effect.
Everton is entrenched in the relegation zone with 18 games remaining, placing Frank Lampard under intense pressure after Everton avoided the possibility of relegation from the Premier League last season.
The Goodison Park crowd was incensed by last week’s humiliating 4-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion, and the Toffees’ FA Cup loss to Manchester United on Friday extended their winless streak to eight games.
Frank Lampard’s position has grown more precarious as Everton hasn’t won a game in any tournament since defeating Crystal Palace on October 22.
After the Brighton defeat, Frank Lampard claimed he was not looking for promises about his future, but on Wednesday, Moshiri publicly defended his manager who was under pressure.
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“As the majority shareholder and proud custodian of Everton, I have the utmost respect for the support of Evertonians. I am also fully aware and understand the concerns that fans may have,” Moshiri wrote in an open response to a letter from the Everton Fans’ Forum, expressing concern about the club’s position.
“We regularly review our performance and initiate change where we feel the club falls short of standards.
“This has meant that we have seen turnover in managers, directors of football and several board members, but we have always striven to achieve success.
“I have faith in the work being done not only by our manager, but by our director of football [Kevin Thelwell] and our board of directors.
“That faith is based on my knowledge of the depth and quality of work being done at Finch Farm – and of the plan that is in place.
“I am confident that we have skilled, experienced and focused professionals at all levels of the club. We are all agreed that our current league position must and will improve.”
Prior to Saturday’s crucial match against bottom club Southampton, Everton are only behind 17th-placed West Ham on goal differential.