FRANK LAMPARD demanded his flops start showing “big balls” to get Everton out of trouble — and keep him in a job.
The Toffees boss is fighting for his future ahead of Friday’s FA Cup third-round clash at Manchester United but insists he will not seek assurances over his position.
Lampard said: “Sometimes you have to show big balls to get a result.
“As a player, I always took personal responsibility.
“I’m not being a saint in saying that but you hope your players are always looking to get better.
“I’m not silly, we need to get results — and I’m not walking away from that.
“I want to be a success at this club and whatever challenges that come, I’ll take them head on.
“We’ve slipped into the bottom three, that’s not my major concern — and I’m not talking away from that.
“I’m just saying we’re in and around this area, that’s the reality, and if we win our next game we’ll probably be out of the bottom three.
“But, above all, we’ve got to be up for a fight.”
Defiant Lamps will not go cap in hand to majority owner Farhad Moshiri and plead for his Goodison job.
He added: “I would never seek reassurances. Part of my job is to absolutely focus on the job at hand.
“I try to improve a little bit every day — myself, the team, squad, everything.”
Yet Moshiri is putting together a hitlist of potential replacements following a woeful seven-game winless run.
Players were booed off after Tuesday’s 4-1 home thrashing by Brighton.
Lampard was also hit by news full-back Nathan Patterson is out for six weeks with a knee issue.
And 17 Everton fan groups yesterday wrote an open letter to Moshiri demanding changes at boardroom level “to save our club from decline”.