Frank Lampard backed by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri after crushing defeat to Burnley leaves them in relegation dogfight

FRANK LAMPARD is being backed by the Everton board to turn things around with the club deep in relegation trouble.

Wednesday night's 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Burnley means the Toffees are now just one point and one place above the bottom three.

They entertain Manchester United at the weekend, while the team below them, Burnley, face bottom side Norwich.

But according to MailOnline, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is standing by the former Chelsea and England star.

Lampard has led the side to just six points out of a possible 27 with Championship football staring them in the face.

Moshiri has only attended one match this season, and is currently out of the country.

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There were reports that he was heading to Liverpool to speak with Lampard, but this is not believed to be happening.

But while Lamps maintains the support of those above him his appointment to begin with does not sit well with one ex-Toffee.

Victor Anichebe says Everton bringing in Lampard was an "absurd" decision.

Anichebe, who played 168 games for the Toffees, was left frustrated by Wednesday night's defeat at relegation rivals Burnley.

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Writing on Instagram, Anichebe rated Everton's chances of relegation at "60 per cent".

He said: "Appointing Lampard (who is a good coach) but appointing him when you know you're in a relegation battle with a tough run in… was absurd.

"Him getting [Dele] Alli who is a luxury player… in a relegation fight… baffling."

Anichebe though clarified his comments on Thursday, and insisted that Lampard was the right man for the job.

But he suggested a change is needed in terms of the mentality at the club, or on the training pitch in regards to the playing style.

Everton have not won away from home in the league since August and have just two wins in nine Prem games since Lampard took over.

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But the worst could still be to come with Manchester United, Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea their next four opponents.

Of their last nine games Watford are the only team they will face who are lower than Everton in the table.

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