Frank Lampard not impacted by Sean Dyche's Burnley sacking, 'it doesn't affect Everton'

Burnley handed Sean Dyche his marching orders last Friday, meaning the relegation-battling Clarets will have a new man in charge for their survival push.

Everton currently find themselves 17th in the Premier League, three points clear of Burnley below them.

The Toffees and the Clarets have been locking horns over the last few months of their relegation battle, and Burnley's sacking of Sean Dyche has been the latest twist in the tale.

The 50-year-old enjoyed a 10-year spell at Turf Moor, but with the club facing the drop this season they've decided to find a new manager for the remaining six games.

It came as a shock to many, with Dyche engineering a number of late escapes during his time at Burnley, but while some suggest it rules them out of staying up, Everton boss Frank Lampard disagrees.

Burnley announced on Friday morning that they've sacked Sean Dyche

"Firstly, Sean Dyche has been an incredible manager of the club.

"I think that's been quite a universal reaction to it, but the club have decided to make a change, and Sean Dyche I'm sure deserves maybe a bit of a rest and then will get a fantastic job because of the level of manager he has shown himself to be. I wish Sean all the best going forward on that.

"In terms of what happens to Burnley, what it means in this period, nobody knows - you can probably go through history and find good reactions from changes, not so good reactions from changes.

"It doesn't affect Everton. I saw a quote this week saying we were let off the hook that it's happened. I don't see how. This doesn't change anything - Burnley are a good team and used to fighting to stay in the Premier League, and that fact will remain the same."

Lampard will be aware of Everton's incredibly difficult run of fixtures between now and the end of the season, which includes facing Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester City twice.

With plenty of tough clashes still on the horizon, Lampard was eager to keep his side focused on their run-in, but the former England star insists the mood around Goodison Park is good.

"The mood's good. It was a fantastic result against Man United and one with I think a lot of good things from us, but also some things we can improve on. In terms of three points and focusing on what's ahead, the mood's confident and the lads are working very well.

"There's no substitute for results, but it's generally been a very positive place since I've been here. I say that with real honesty, because sometimes the feeling outside isn't so positive, and off the back of results, and I understand that.

"You get tested with that. Sometimes it can have an effect on the atmosphere, it hasn't so much. We've always bounced back in terms of trying next game, trying next game. It will be more important than anything to have that mentality for the next eight games.

"We don't need to win eight games to stay in this league - we need to get a certain amount of points, and we need to stay very resilient in that period.

"Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester is a tough run, but at the same time I think that at this stage of the season, it's very easy to over-analyse the opposition in those terms.

"We must focus on ourselves, go game by game. We'd like to try to continue the good form we've had at Goodison and the good results. Just tackle it head on. We have injured players back fit so let's hope we can keep that."

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