Andros Townsend says Everton’s players let Frank Lampard down before he was sacked, revealing he ‘feels sorry’ for his former manager
- Lampard was sacked by Everton in January with the club in danger of relegation
- He had kept Everton up the year before but was replaced by Sean Dyche
- Townsend said he and his his former team-mates ‘need to look at themselves’
Former Everton forward Andros Townsend has admitted that Toffees players let former manager Frank Lampard down.
Lampard was sacked as boss in January with the club at risk of relegation for the second season in a row, before Sean Dyche arrived and steered the side to safety on the final day of the season.
Lampard had kept Everton up the season prior, but that didn’t give him enough credit in the bank and he was dismissed at the start of the calendar year before taking the reigns at Chelsea.
Townsend was on Everton’s books last year but missed the majority of the season due to injury, and was released at the start of the off-season when his contract ran out.
Speaking on TalkSport, he insisted that the players at the club should have a look at themselves for Lampard’s failures, admitting they could have done more to help him stay in the job
Andros Townsend has admitted Everton players let Frank Lampard (pictured) down before his sacking
Townsend (pictured) was on Everton’s books last year but spent the majority of the season injured
Lampard was sacked in January with the Toffees in danger of relegation once again
‘When Frank first arrived, he was ambitious, he had dreams,’ Townsend began. ‘You look at his first transfer window, he brought in Dele Alli, he brought in Donny van de Beek from Manchester United, and it was sort of, “right, we’re Everton, we should be dining at the top table.”
‘And then obviously what happened, happened. Relegation battle, and you look at his second window compared to his first window, his first window was Hollywood signings.
‘His second window, first signing, James Tarkowski, second signing, Conor Coady, [Amadou] Onana. He got in leaders, he got in quality, he got in senior figures which we were missing in the dressing room to sort of be that experience, be that example.
‘So for me he did everything right, we went into last season… Well I definitely went into last season, I was injured, but I though, “we’ve got a good squad here, we’re going to make a real go, we’re going to get back into the top half.”
‘But it didn’t work out that way. Obviously from the outside of it you can say, “bad manager, bad coach, bad owner”. But as players, we’ve got to look at ourselves, we definitely didn’t do well enough under Frank last season and this season just gone as well. I feel a bit sorry for Frank.’
Townsend said the players ‘have to to look at themselves’ and that he ‘feels sorry’ for his former boss
Sean Dyche was appointed after Lampard left and kept Everton up on the final day of the season
Lampard went onto struggle at Chelsea as interim manager and left at the end of the season, with Mauricio Pochettino taking over. The Blues finished 12th and Pochettino faces a tough task to turn the club’s fortunes around.
It’s unclear where the former England midfielder’s future lies, but it’s possible he could drop back down to the Championship in order to work his way back up.
‘He had that Chelsea stint where he was probably hoping,’ Townsend said of the idea. ‘Let me get a few wins under my belt, everyone will forget about the Everton situation.’
‘But it didn’t work out that way, so maybe he will have to drop down back down.’