What’s The Latest On Lampard?
43-year-old Lampard is set to return to top flight action after he was offered the Everton manager’s job on Friday, seemingly having taken pole position for the Everton job. After his loss of the Chelsea job, and subsequent replacement by Thomas Tuchel, could Lampard have the last laugh by taking one of Chelsea’s best back room team members?
Of course, if Frank Lampard is to take over the top job at Everton, he will need a team to work with…and quickly. Whilst he could just continue using Duncan Ferguson and the current staff, it appears that he has already made moves to put his own stamp on the coaching there.
Accordion to The Athletic, Lampard wants has taken aim at Anthony Barry, hoping to make him a key member of his team at Goodison Park. This though, is not expected to go down well with Tuchel, who reportedly will make every effort possible to keep him at Chelsea. However, because of Lampard’s connections, it may be hard to resist Frank’s overtures. This, though, could be followed by another import.
Lampard is also reportedly making Gareth Southgate’s No.2, Steve Holland a target. However, and surprisingly, there is one name that isn’t apparently on his ‘hit list’..that of Jody Morris, whom Lampard has worked with at two clubs(Derby and Chelsea).
Why Frank Lampard?
The Toffees have been linked with a number of names since Rafa Benitez left, most notably, Vitor Pereira, who was expected to take the job, before a fan backlash, and a response that was not universally well received, put paid to those plans.
‘Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job…But I turned it down. I believe I will be a Premier League manager and I am ready for that 100 per cent. But I have a job at Derby, which is important to me.’
Despite this, if results don’t come quickly for the former Chelsea great, his lack of experience, and managerial record, could be weapons that could be used to undermine his position. The Everton fans deserve, and demand, results. Let’s hope Lampard has discovered a formula that can motivate a talented team to fulfil their potential. Otherwise, Lampard could find the Everton job a poisoned chalice, in the same way that the vastly experienced Benitez did when things head South.