Everton are currently in 18th place in the Premier League after 34 games with 32 points. The Toffees are looking to climb out of the relegation zone and are fighting directly for relegation with two other teams, Leeds United and Burnley. Both teams have 34 points and only a difference of two points separates them from Lampard's team.
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Everton have long been Premier League entertainers, but there is a real possibility that streak could come to an end this season. After a good start under Rafa Benitez in the first five games of the season, the Liverpool team fell off abruptly due to subsequent problems with the Spanish manager, which led to his sacking and the arrival of Frank Lampard.
Despite the arrival of the former Chelsea manager, Everton have improved little, and have remained in the relegation places and now only 4 more games will define the future of the Toffees, where they will have to make as many points as possible or they will be relegated after a long time.
When was the last time Everton was relegated?
Everton were last relegated in the 1950-51 season, but the Toffees went up again three years later, thanks to a second-place finish in the 1953-54 Second Division, which earned them promotion to the top flight in that season.
This makes them the second longest-serving team in the English Premier League, with only Arsenal having maintained their top-flight status for longer. The Gunners have been in the top flight uninterrupted since the 1919-20 campaign.
Everton have been in the top flight longer than Liverpool (since 1962-63), Manchester United (1975-76), Tottenham (1978-79), and Chelsea (1989-90).
How many times have Everton been relegated?
Everton have been relegated twice from the top flight, and have never played in a league lower than the second division in the club's history. Since the club's inception in 1887, its only relegations came in 1929-30 and 1950-51.
After each relegation, Everton returned to the First Division quickly, going straight back up in 1930-31 after winning the Second Division title. The second return to the top flight came in the 1953-54 season.
With the exception of those four seasons spent outside the top flight of English soccer, Everton have been in the current Premiership in every other season throughout the club's history.
If Everton, a fixture in the top flight for decades, end up relegated, it would be one of the most unexpected relegations in recent history, and a huge blow to a club and a fan base that had hopes of fighting for a place in the top half of the Premier League table this season.