Frank Lampard is planning a clash with Man Utd despite Everton’s job hanging by a thread

Everton manager Frank Lampard has started preparations for Friday’s trip to Manchester United in the FA Cup but his job is increasingly at risk after another very painful defeat.

Mood turned toxic at Goodison Park during the 4-1 home defeat to Brighton which left the Toffees just five points from their last 10 matches.

Everton are mired in a relegation battle for a second consecutive season and although the manager’s future hangs in the balance, the former Chelsea boss continued his preparations on Wednesday for Friday’s FA Cup third round trip to Manchester United.

Lampard has picked up a razor after his humiliation at Brighton, talking about the bits of play he’s seen this season – they drew with Manchester City at the weekend – which has given him hope.

However, he needs players who will give him more.

“After a result like this, it’s not time to talk in the locker room. I’ve been there before and it’s about taking personal responsibility – each player and yourself,” he said.

“We’re all in this together, it’s not a matter of anger. We are all disappointed, we all want to win games.

“It’s for us to do well. Manchester United is coming in a few days.

“It’s about, ‘What can I do better?’ and as long as you do that and don’t look left or right at anyone else, that’s the only reaction you can have.

“I saw enough on Saturday for part of the show and some performances.

“What’s not good enough is the team’s consistency in delivering results. I didn’t like the first half but obviously six minutes (in which they conceded three goals in the second half) is not good enough for us and if you’re going to play like that and defensively you lose games.

“We definitely have to fight for cohesion.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has experience firing managers (Ian Hodgson/PA)

While Lampard remains in office for the time being, his stay is uncertain given the history of owner Farhad Moshiri, who has fired five managers in the nearly seven years since he became majority shareholder.

Lampard’s record is worse than all the others – Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and, perhaps most damagingly, predecessor Rafael Benitez – averaging just 0.97 points per game.

He has won nine and lost 19 of the 36 Premier League games he has led since taking charge last January, and only Mike Walker, who was in charge of 31 games in 10 months over two seasons in 1994, has worse points – a record per match 0.87 (six wins, 16 losses).

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