Frank Lampard confirmed as new Everton manager

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Updated Everton have officially unveiled Frank Lampard as their new head coach after the final paperwork was concluded on a 2½-year contract.

The 43-year-old becomes the sixth managerial appointment since Farhad Moshiri came on board as the club's major shareholder in 2016, two weeks after Rafael Benitez was dismissed from the role after just 200 days.

The makeup of Lampard's backroom has now taken shape, with Joe Edwards handed the role of Assistant Manager, Paul Clement First Team Coach and Chris Jones comes on board at Finch Farm as Head of Performance. Positive talks were held with Anthony Barry, a very highly-rated coach himself, about making the move to Merseyside but he now looks likely to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Though it was rumoured he might step away, Duncan Ferguson will remain on the coaching staff, as will goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly. Lampard has also reportedly offered a coaching position to his former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole.

"It is a huge honour for me to represent and manage a club the size and tradition of Everton Football Club," Lampard said. "I'm very hungry to get started. After speaking to the owner, Chairman and the Board, I very much felt their passion and ambition. I hope they felt my ambition and how hard I want to work to bring it together.

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“You can feel the passion Everton fans have for their club. That will be hugely important. As a team — the competitive level that the Premier League brings and the position we are in the table — we certainly need that. It's a two-way thing. I think Everton is a unique club in that you can really understand what the fans want to see. The first thing they want is fight and desire and that must always be our baseline.

“My first message to the players will be that we have to do this together. We'll try to do our job and I know the fans will be there backing us.”

Frank Lampard

Everton Majority Shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, made a rare appearance at USM Finch Farm along with Chairman Bill Kenwright to welcome the new boss.

“I am really delighted that Frank has joined us," he said. "He is an impressive young man on and off the pitch. He has played at the very highest level of the game and has football in his blood.

"He impressed us all greatly during the thorough interview process and we're all ready to give him all of our support as he looks to give the team an immediate boost.”

Kenwright echoed Moshiri's thoughts by saying, “Frank impressed us greatly throughout our process, coming across as a modern, ambitious and exciting young manager.

"He expressed a clear vision on how he wants to take the club forward and, importantly, a tremendous passion and genuine enthusiasm to join us.

"I'm sure Evertonians will give him the special welcome that only they can and will be looking forward to giving him and his coaching staff a warm Goodison welcome next weekend.”

Since calling time on a glittering career as a player with Chelsea, Lampard has had two stints as a manager, first at Derby County where he took the Rams to the brink of the Premier League but lost in the play-off final to Aston Villa, and then at Chelsea whom he guided to a 4th-place finish and an FA Cup Final in the 2019-20 season.

Lampard has been out of work for just over a year but according to those close to him, he has been keen to get back into management and has used the time off to reflect on his two previous roles while expanding his coaching knowledge.

He assumes responsibility for an Everton team that has won just one Premier League match in 14 games and has plummeted from the European qualification places in September to 16th to sit just four points above the relegation zone with 18 games left.

The club have moved in the background to address the most pressing issue Lampard will face, namely significant problems in central midfield where Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph are all sidelined for at least a month, by agreeing a loan deal with Manchester United for Donny van de Beek who will be the first signing under the new manager.

Lampard will take charge of training for the first time on Monday afternoon, with the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Brentford his first assignment next weekend before a crucial trip to Newcastle in the Premier League on Tuesday next week.

Lampard's first interview


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:22:36
Welcome to Everton Frank. I'm feeling very positive about this. COYB
Tony Hill
3 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:22:58
Brilliant. I think this man is going to do it for us.
Shaun Laycock
4 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:23:15
Would like Clement onboard as an older head to guide him.
Jerome Shields
5 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:25:40
Good Luck Frank.
Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:28:24
I have a good feeling about this one.

But don't take my word for it. I alway have a good feel.

Story of the Blues.

Welcome to the family Frank. Bring your winning mentality this club of ours that has been missing for too long.

Good luck and god bless.

Neil Copeland
7 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:28:35
Welcome and good luck, Frank, looking forward to some great times.
Warwick Jones
9 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:35:31
I'm glad that everyone is calling him "Frank". The first one to call him "Lamps" is a bonehead.
Brian Hennessy
10 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:35:33
Delighted to have Lampard as our new manager. Huge pity if the news it correct that Anthony Barry is staying at Chelsea, that's a blow.
Rob Halligan
11 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:36:54
Danny, I was going to ask “Where do you have a good feel”, but I thought better not!
Gerry Quinn
12 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:39:51
I pray that this one goes through - somebody that I had every respect for in his time with us - fabulous workhorse...

Frank Lampard wants Everton to re-sign Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain

Joe Corgan
13 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:42:27
He's signing players. He's restructuring the backroom. But he hasn't been officially announced. Has someone at the club simply forgotten?

I know David Prentice is new in his role as Communications Manager but this is ridiculous…

Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:43:57
Rob, I'm about to head off into my local West London pub packed with Chelsea fans wearing an "I'd rather Walk Alone" T-Shirt. I have no doubt I'll get some conversation. The locals are intrigued by me anyway but tonight I anticipate more interest in Everton Danny.

I'm wearing that tonight to piss off the London kopites!

Danny O’Neill
15 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:44:17
Rob, I'm about to head off into my local West London pub packed with Chelsea fans wearing an "I'd rather Walk Alone" T-Shirt. I have no doubt I'll get some conversation. The locals are intrigued by be anyway but tonight I anticipate more interest in Everton Danny.

I'm wearing that tonight to piss off the London kopites!

Rob Halligan
16 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:46:51
Joe, he’s even taking training tomorrow morning at finch farm, by all accounts!
Jon Harding
17 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:47:48
Excited to be an Everton fan again after recent events.
See you Saturday Frank and remember while the league's the priority we love a cup run!
Mal van Schaick
18 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:51:20
Welcome Frank. Let’s hope this appointment works for everyone.

Some of our back up squad need moving on and replacing with quality players. Do this and it would go a long way of endearing yourself to the fans. Especially this one!

Neil Copeland
19 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:51:39
Danny, I’ve got one of those too! Give them hell!
Julian Exshaw
20 Posted 30/01/2022 at 18:57:54
Tomorrow will be a big day at FF. Any news on Tim Cahill coming in some capacity?
Johan Elmgren
21 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:00:54
I wasn't sold when rumours started about him getting the gig. Sure, he ticked many boxes, but his ability to setup the defence and inexperience were aspects of his managing that made me very uncertain of him... However reading news, opinions and articles about him and his way of managing, have warmed me to him.

He seems a clever chap who analyses his own ways to do things, and thus seems capable of learning from his mistakes and then altering the setup as a consequence. On top of that a likeable character, but still demanding and focused on his goals.

This gig he's getting himself into, is going to take some time to sort out. First and foremost, we need him to get the team to at least assemble enough points to prevent relegation. That in itself not an easy task, given the free-fall we are in right now with only one win in 14. He will need our backing ALL THE WAY!

Secondly we must have patience with him the coming season (hopefully in the PL), for him to implement his ideas into the team and back him and whoever player he decides to bring in. The best thing is for him and the team to work without pressure from us, the fans in the bed-in-period... What expectations can we really have anyway?

But this is really a pretty inexperienced manager who will learn along the way, and we must allow him time to do that. Remember a lot of managers start slowly, only to pick up after a while when the team has settled in the new managers way of playing... For that they need to be given time and patience. Prime examples this season that time and patience pay of are Arteta and Lage, who's teams were in the bottom after a few matchdays... Now they are pusing up the table...

Glad you're here Frank, Good Luck!!

Howard Don
22 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:01:34
Good news on Lampard, although a bit disappointed about Anthony Barry apparently not coming. The more I read about him, the more I liked the idea of him coming on board.
Simon Dalzell
23 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:02:06
Dave Williams
24 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:02:39
Be careful Danny- maybe take the dogs with you?!
I think this is a very good appointment with the experience of Clement too.
Is Donny cup tied for Saturday?
Simon Dalzell
25 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:02:49
I'm feeling optimistic. I'm sure ( ish ) he has more idea than the string of clowns before him. Van de beek on board already is very encouraging. let's hope we can get at least one more in.
Good luck Mr. Lampard.
Tony Hill
26 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:05:20
I am sure Frank realises that, despite the present rubbish, he is very fortunate to be joining one of the true aristocrats of world football. We're old money, not Mock-Tudor, and if the furniture is shabby and the chimney is toppling, we're still pure nobility.

We're very pleased to have him, but he's the lucky one.

John Crook
27 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:07:00
So contract Dave is in for a busy day tomorrow?
Jim Lloyd
28 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:10:40
It's a fresh start and we have a manager who loved scoring goals and I think he'll instill that hunger in our players.
chuffed to bits, a young English manager with a great career behind him.
Come out the blocks racing, lads!
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:14:55
Welcome, Frank. We forgive you for 2009.

Gerry #12, I chuckle whenever the Gueye rumor floats through. It always speculates on why Everton should bring him back and whether PSG would let him go. Never a word on why Gueye himself would ever want to abandon his dream life in Paris -- with another league title on the way and lots of Champions League action -- and transplant his young family back to Merseyside. Ain't happening.

Tony Everan
30 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:20:15
Looks like Frank now wants Dele Alli and Idrissa Gueye. They’ve apparently made contact with PSG. Gana given us some encouragement due to lack of game time? PSG oiling the wheels for the Richarlison move in the summer? Hearsay, conjecture, and I can’t see it, but worth an enquiry anyway as he will come in very handy in helping to make us safe.

Also where does Dele Alli fit in ? Is Frank thinking of playing Der Beek in a deeper position?

Whatever happens the next 24 hrs will be interesting.

Tom Bowers
31 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:28:08
Let's hope that Frank the Lamp brings back the bright light to Everton's future.

However, the really wealthy clubs will stay streets ahead of us thanks to so much being put into the new stadium.

Obviously we need to get the house in order for this season and the next game against the Barcodes is so vitally important from a moral boosting viewpoint.

Barcodes strengthening their squad in readiness for that clash so we have to hope a new attitude will get something out of the game.

Paul Kernot
32 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:32:38
Not mentioned above but if Paul Clement is to be Lampard's assistant coach, where does that leave Ferguson? Plenty of speculation on other threads but now the new assistant seems definite, I just wonder if it's finally curtains for bug Dunc.
Derek Taylor
33 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:35:41
Has my unreserved good wishes. Was very impressed with him in the 'walkabout' film he made with Gary Neville for YouTube.

Certainly has his head screwed on which is more than you can say for most of his bosses at Everton !

Barry Rathbone
34 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:36:10
Just need the "new manager bounce" to kick in and save us before Frankie gets that haunted "WTF??" look as results go south. Can't be pleasant when the Goodison mafia start hanging around the car park with garrotes dangling from their kex.

Only kidding Frankie it's not as bad as that erm, honest!!

Alan Johnson
35 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:37:23
Great news that Clement is coming with him.
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:37:54
Tony #30, thing is, there's been no "lack of game time" for Gana at PSG. He has played the second-most minutes of any midfielder in their squad.

Before taking off for AFCON he had started 12 of 17 available games (missed a couple due to coronavirus) in Ligue 1 and all five available games in the Champions League (missed one through suspension).

And on May 21 he'll be dancing with his teammates in the Parc de Princes at the league trophy ceremony, and kissing his wife and babies.

He has absolutely no reason to leave.

Joe McMahon
37 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:43:04
Hope the boo boys give him some time, this is a fantastic appointment for Everton (at long last). He is a football man, a methodical thinker, and was a Grade A player!
Brian Williams
38 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:46:55
If Lampard's bringing in Clement as his assistant manager I can't see any place for Ferguson with the first team.
Tony Everan
39 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:48:00
Mike, I would be amazed too, I’m trying to work out why we are allegedly enquiring as it seems so unlikely he would be interested, considering he is living his dream.
Paul Birmingham
40 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:48:29
Welcome onboard Frank and the best of luck.

His appointment and his back up team, will hopefully get some reality and professionalism into the Everton squad and I’m sure that the malaise on the park in terms of crap performances and results will change soon.

If other players come in, then that going to be a bonus but vital to get away from the relegation zone.

The changing of the guard it seems is nearing in terms of the first team management team.

Interesting to see which other players arrive in the remaining hours of this transfer window.

Peter Neilson
41 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:48:40
There appears to be more chance of Wijnaldum leaving PSG than Gueye.
Mark Andersson
42 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:54:28
2 & half year deal ??? The pressure is on him to keep us up... thats a BIG demmand with these players...

He will be another one who will realize the task in hand is a bigger job than he thought...

Barry Rathbone
43 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:55:17
Joe 37

It's all about results if gets them he generates time if he doesn't he's gone amidst a shedload of abuse and a pocketful of cash it's that simple.

Jay Evans
44 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:57:57
Douglas Luiz from Villa?

Anyone else heard this?

Quite a rag-arse midfield we could be potentially putting together here. A load of free spirits that no-one else really wants – Barkley, Alli, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Van de Beek, etc, etc.

Free spirits or nob heads? Is there a difference?

Derek Taylor
45 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:58:00
Any news of Big Dunc ? I guess members of the medical support team fired by Benitez will be hoping to get their jobs back !
Tony Hill
46 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:58:14
Mike @36, I agree with you but David Maddock in The Mirror is usually accurate. Also, it's a very strange one to set running if there's nothing to it. I still think it's bollocks, though maybe not total bollocks.
Gavin Johnson
47 Posted 30/01/2022 at 19:59:29
I thought Gana Gueye could be a possible loan option, but I was told by someone who follows PSG that he's been a regular this season, so it remains to be seen whether we could bring him in. I really hope we do. I'd feel fairly confident we'll be okay if we bring in a good defensive midfielder besides Van de Beek.

We won't be bringing in Dele Alli or Ross Barkley because we can't bring in another domestic loan because of Anwar El Ghazi. It's two per window. I wish we could send him back to Villa!

Rob Halligan
48 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:02:13
Apparently Duncan Ferguson has been linked to the Sunderland job. This would be a perfect club to start as a full time manager. Lower league, but probably should not be where they are, so no great expectations on his shoulders. Go for it Dunc!!
Danny Baily
49 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:06:59
Tony 46, I think Maddock called Pereira done deal earlier this week.
Jim Lloyd
50 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:07:00
Spot on Rob, I hope he takes it and really wish him success. Someday, he could well manage Everton, in his own right, as a man chosen because he's a top manager.
Mike Keating
51 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:09:26
Why all this talk about getting in additional players on loan? We're only allowed two and we already have Van de Beek and El Ghazi (another Moshiri master-stroke).

And we can't afford to buy courtesy of previous financial mismanagement, so talk of Dele Alli, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley et al is just speculation on social media.

Brian Williams
52 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:11:15
Jay #44

Quite a rag-arse midfield we could be potentially putting together here. A load of free spirits that no-one else really wants – Barkley, Alli, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Van de Beek, etc, etc.

All players from teams, in varying degrees, a lot better than we are. Players from clubs 3rd and 4th in the Premier League table?

We're 16th so maybe not the time to be turning our noses up at players you refer to as "nob heads".

Rob Halligan
53 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:11:47
Mike # 51. We can still get players on loan from abroad.
Gerry Quinn
54 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:11:49
Mike #29,

That is why I said 'pray'. I know it ain't gonna happen but he is exactly what we need to kill off our opponents' midfields!

Tony Hill
55 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:12:57
Danny @49, fair point, though we all thought it was a done deal and I suspect it was - until it wasn't. As I say, I can't see it.
Ciarán McGlone
56 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:14:38
Probably the most appealing appointment we could've made. Always thought of Lampard as a very dignified player - and what a player he was.

If he brings in De Beek before tomorrow then that will be great news too. Never really got a chance at united and from what I've seen has plenty of potential. Gueye returning would simply be the icing on the cake.

Fran Mitchell
57 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:18:16
I have my doubts, but I'm quietly confident this could be a good appointment.

He's ambitious and has something to prove. This is a huge opportunity for him, and he'll be desperate for this to work for him and will work very hard. This is his chance to make it.

We need a couple of signings; getting Van de Beek straight away is positive. Another midfielder on loan would really help.

All of a sudden, the outlook and atmosphere is different, Goodison has been a toxic place. Hopefully now that will stop and, with a couple of good results, we can all of a sudden be positive again.

If Lampard can also integrate the likes of Dobbin, Onyango, Branthwaite, Simms (next season) plus maybe Whitaker and Warrington, we could have something.

Hopefully, Everton's reputation as a basketcase club that overspends on 27- to 30-year-olds and perennially underachieves can be transformed into one of a club with a focus on youth and progressive development.

Rob Halligan
58 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:21:20
Good job there’s no deadline day to appoint a new manager, otherwise we’d all be shitting ourselves now. 😬😬😬
Gerry Quinn
59 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:22:41
Former Derby County and Swansea City manager, Paul Clement, to become Frank Lampard's assistant manager at Everton.
John Atkins
60 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:23:14
BBC saying done deal …. Welcome Frankie
Will Mabon
61 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:25:51
"Lampard set to succeed Benitez...
"Lampard all but confirmed as new Everton manager...
"Lampard closer than at any time previously...
"Lampard all but there...
"Lampard almost over the line... confirmation imminent...
"Lampard literally stepping though the door now..."

Club will announce tomorrow.

Jay Evans
63 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:26:40
Brian @52,

I wouldn't turn my nose up at any of them.

As for them being nob heads, that sort of goes with the territory when you are a modern footballer.

Peter Neilson
65 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:30:46
Regarding loans, there could be a fire sale in the summer at the likes of Chelsea and Man City as new Fifa rules come in on maximum number of players allowed out on loan. The idea being to stop clubs hoarding players and allow development of youth.

Rules at least complex/expensive enough that I noticed our neighbours even have a role for a Director of Loan Management.

New loan rules explained, and what Fifa regulations mean for Chelsea, Man City and other Premier League clubs

Keith Gleave
68 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:39:04
Well, not my choice but I hope he is a young hungry manager, which has always been the best for us.

What is desperately required now is a strategy both on and off the field. The most successful sides display a type of football that future managers and players fit. Off the field a constant direction with an informed scouting system and an end to the scattergun approach we have been relying on for some time now.

Whether we appoint a DoF or head scout, we must search for good quality players from lower leagues and lesser leagues. After all, we found Baines, Cahill, Pienaar, Gravesen and Carsley from these. Sometimes, hardworking players get you further.

Mark Ryan
69 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:41:47
Best of luck, Frank Lampard.

Time to get behind our new manager and Paul Clement.

Good luck Duncan wherever you end up. NSNO

Jonathan Tasker
70 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:44:41
Sky have announced it.

But Everton haven't.

Kunal Desai
71 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:49:36
Good luck Frank, I hope he succeeds and he'll need other people to stop interfering if that is to happen.

Short term we need to move away from the perilous position we find ourselves in, but let's not lose sight of the bigger problem and that still needs overhauling which is Chairman, CEO and other hangers. Only then we really start to move forward.

Allan Board
72 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:55:10
Very pleased with Frank Lampard becoming Everton manager. Young, British, a winner, and dislikes Klopp and the Red Shite. Modern player, in fact, a great player who today's players will relate to.

Clement as No 2 is a clever option to the original fella, a proper No 2 who excels in the role and has bags of experience.

Frank will have new, modern ideas and wants to see attacking football. It might be seat-of-the-pants stuff for a while, but I expect a few wins to dispel the spectre of relegation, but also a few defeats in circumstances when a draw would've been okay, or leads thrown away.

These players owe us, and I have a feeling Frank will remind them of it too. He will attract a better standard of player, so next season should be fun.

This feels different in a new start way – almost risky… but football is a young man's game now, so perhaps we all need to recognise that?

Best of luck, Frank, legendary status awaits if you nail this, fella!

Marc Hints
73 Posted 30/01/2022 at 20:59:48
Announced on sky before their own website
John Reynolds
76 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:03:24
Lampard Out!

Or alternatively, prove us doubters wrong. Go Frank!

Derek Thomas
77 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:16:58
Jay @ 44. Not with most of those names, No.
Jim Lloyd
78 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:23:03
Good post Allan!
Rob Halligan
79 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:44:02
Marc # 73. I guess with whatever has been happening today, sorting back room staff out, drawing up contracts, maybe a long discussion about Ferguson, there has been no time for the usual videos, photo shoots etc, which normally accompany an official announcement by the club. This will no doubt be done tomorrow morning, but nothing wrong with at least putting us fans out of our misery by announcing it to the national media.
Peter Carpenter
80 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:44:51
He's the best available option. Now give him time to build something. I'm feeling happier about Everton tonight than for a long time.
Michael Kenrick
81 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:49:31
Someone – Prentice? – has to be briefing all these mainstream media outlets that the decision has been made, while deliberately holding back on the official announcement.

I see that some new content has just been posted at the Official Everton website (unrelated... but testing the wheels?). I'm thinking maybe 10 pm – once everybody of significance in the media world has a taster story up and running.

Colin Glassar
82 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:49:57
Don’t know what’s going on with this site today as I can only see 1/2 a page. But Frank is our manager so let’s get behind him. UTFT!!!
Brian Williams
83 Posted 30/01/2022 at 21:56:48
He's not a Scouser, has never played for Everton, and is only here for a payday. 😇
Rob Halligan
84 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:05:53
Can’t be for a final pay day just to top up his pension, Brian!
Paul Hewitt
85 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:16:06
This is a fantastic appointment, no worries from me. Lampard will end our long wait for silverware. He just needs time and support from the board and supporters.
Paul Hewitt
86 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:16:06
This is a fantastic appointment, no worries from me. Lampard will end our long wait for silverware. He just needs time and support from the board and supporters.
John Pickles
87 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:17:36
Don't be too surprised if you see your name is only stuck on the Manager's door with Velcro Frank.
Mike Gaynes
88 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:20:08
Hmmm, I don't suppose these announcements are ever made at 11pm local time, eh?

See you guys in the morning.

Dave Downey
89 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:24:15
From FS to FSW to FTC. There's definitely a common thread there (apart from an ability to get sacked).
And what's this about VanDeBeek? A midfielder who couldn't get in the shittest Utd side for decades.
Perfect fit for us then. No steps forward, two steps backward.
Hope Frank has a list of excuses written into his contract.
Drew O’Neall
90 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:29:03
Welcome Frank.

Bring your boots, you could still walk into our midfield!

Drew O’Neall
91 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:29:10
Welcome Frank.

Bring your boots, you could still walk into our midfield!

Seb Niemand
92 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:30:51
After Lampard left the room, Mr. Mosh turned to the rest of the interviewing panel ands aid "see you all in a few months then, lads?"
Christy Ring
93 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:38:46
Delighted Frank's our new manager and for once the board got it right, with a big help from the fans. Feeling very optimistic, and hopefully with his contacts a few signings tomorrow.
Andrew James
94 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:44:24
I'm always a bit confused when people go on about the players being the legacy issue for the coach as if we have had the same set playing under multiple coaches that the new coach will have to deal with.

Our midfield of Allan, Doucoure and Gomes haven't downed tools or been complicit in any coaches getting sacked. Neither have DCL, Richie, Townsend, Gordon or Gray up front. Pickford is better now than he was 3 seasons ago.

Then to the defence. The only players there who have been ever-presents under the reigns of Koeman, Allardyce, Silva, Ancelotti and Benitez are Holgate, Keane and Coleman.

You'd think to read some posts that we were still regularly playing Tosun, Schneiderlin, the invisible man, poor old Cuco Martinez and Niasse.

The issue is not with the best eleven we can put on the pitch but with what the coach has been telling them to do and what we have on the bench. That's when factors like Iwobi or Tosun or Rondon not being up to it become a problem when we have injuries.

I have every confidence in the players to have enough about them if coached and tactically set up well.

Andrew James
95 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:44:30
I'm always a bit confused when people go on about the players being the legacy issue for the coach as if we have had the same set playing under multiple coaches that the new coach will have to deal with.

Our midfield of Allan, Doucoure and Gomes haven't downed tools or been complicit in any coaches getting sacked. Neither have DCL, Richie, Townsend, Gordon or Gray up front. Pickford is better now than he was 3 seasons ago.

Then to the defence. The only players there who have been ever-presents under the reigns of Koeman, Allardyce, Silva, Ancelotti and Benitez are Holgate, Keane and Coleman.

You'd think to read some posts that we were still regularly playing Tosun, Schneiderlin, the invisible man, poor old Cuco Martinez and Niasse.

The issue is not with the best eleven we can put on the pitch but with what the coach has been telling them to do and what we have on the bench. That's when factors like Iwobi or Tosun or Rondon not being up to it become a problem when we have injuries.

I have every confidence in the players to have enough about them if coached and tactically set up well.

Mike Keating
96 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:44:36
Rob @ 53 - I know we can still go for loans from abroad but the players mentioned are home grown talent with a link to Lampard.
Is it possible to cancel El Ghazi’s loan and replace him with Loftus-Cheek in the 24 hours available?
Joe Francis
97 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:47:14
I just read about his last game at Chelsea, 2-0 away at Leceister. It featured a ramshackle defence and a midfield that it was easy to play through. He should suit us perfectly!
Joe Francis
98 Posted 30/01/2022 at 22:47:51
I just read about his last game at Chelsea, 2-0 away at Leceister. It featured a ramshackle defence and a midfield that it was easy to play through. He should suit us perfectly!
John Reynolds
100 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:00:20
Lots of cheerleading here tonight and much talk of front-foot football, youth development, modern approach, new formations etc, etc.

That’s all very well, but possibly ignores the fact that Everton are currently mired in a relegation scrap. Are we going to seamlessly transition from the crabby, negative tactics of Carlo & Rafa to this new world order? Or will Frank find himself flailing around for a winning formula while our dissonant squad of players find their new feet?

We need to fight for 20 points before radical change and fancy football or it’ll be more likely that Lamps keeps Leeds, Norwich or Burnley up than Everton.

Banging the same old drum again but I believe Dunc would have won that fight. Good luck at Sunderland big man.

I really do hope to be proved wrong on this but the only appointment I was less optimistic about than Frank’s was Allardyce. Then again, he got us 8th 🤷‍♂️

Chris Spragg
101 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:00:28
I’m only down to post number 30 something so sorry if someone already pointed this out but, the win-win here is that we won’t need to worry about loosing Frank to Chelsea after a couple of good years because he’s already been there and got his fingers burned.
That’s a risk with most other managers on the merri-go-round!
Welcome Frank, good luck!
Dazz Murphy
102 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:04:45
I also don't think we have any problems staying up whatsoever just a bad season unfortunately due to RS and injuries obviously.

Yeah we need to restructure etc and keeping DCL and Richy is important imo.

Mick O'Malley
103 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:10:09
Another new era beckons, it looks like he is putting a decent coaching staff around him and Clement as assistant who has bags of experience, welcome to Everton Frank and Co, good luck ye gonna need it
Will Mabon
104 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:13:35
Hopefully the club learn from past mistakes and start preparation of the next manager shortlist in the morning :-)
Damian Wilde
105 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:15:33
I'm ambivalent, but fairly positive. Seemed a bit inconsistent at Chelsea at times and I thought he'd get the sack (though a lot do!), but:

- Top player
- A winner
- Did okay at Derby and Chelsea
- Will bring youth through
- Should attract players
- Engaging and passionate guy (can't stand the door managers we've had e.g. Koeman.
- Young, hungry manager desperate to do well
- Likes to play attacking football
- Seemed like the best candidate
- Nice to have an English manager!

Feels so much better than when we announced Benitez. Steady, progressive, zbd passionate is what we need, COYB!

Kieran Kinsella
106 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:18:40

One of the issues we had in the past was managers without their number twos. Koeman was afraid to bring Lee, Silva lost his then went downhill with Boa Morte, Carlo critics lamented he brought in his son rather than Clement. Thankfully this time it appears we are letting the manager bring in his own people. And having got burnt as a number 1, Clement may stick around in a role that clearly suits him.

John Raftery
107 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:19:37
I really hope Frank will be a success. I hope he will be able to introduce better players to the club, starting tomorrow and that he receives full, unequivocal support from all members of the Board, club staff and fans. Many ingredients are required to make a successful club. Pinning everything on the manager as the new messiah will not work. Others must play their part.

We badly need him to hit the ground running with a few positive results in the early weeks. When we suffer a few defeats, as we inevitably will, I hope we will remain patient and keep supporting the manager and the players.
Mike Gaynes
108 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:21:00
Will #104, the manager shortlist would have to start with Mou, Rooney and Gattuso.

All 5'9".

Unless Xavi gets sacked by Barca in the meantime. 5'7".

Tom Harvey
109 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:23:34
There's definitely worse options we could have employed.

I like the cut of his jib, but I'll remain neutral until I see upcoming results.

I was happy and approving of Don Carlo when he came and look how wrong I was there and so I'll sit on the fence for a bit.

Andrew James
110 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:34:09
@John Reynolds

Very pertinent point. I suspect with DCL and Richarlison back along with Townsend, Gordon and Gray doing well, we will try putting emphasis on scoring because the defence is going to take a while (too long) to de-programme from the near post zonal marking cock ups.

If I was Lampard, I would do what Moyes did 20 years ago and just focus on the attack first to secure some high scoring wins while bedding in the defensive coaching to work later down the line.

Paul Birmingham
111 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:35:37
All a new era, get behind the management team, and Everton can smash the malaise, if we all believe.

Can’t wait for our old ground game, Frank, will give Mr Ed, the works, regardless.

Chris Corn
112 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:39:50
Michael Kenrick @81. I don't think Prentice starts his job until February 2nd. Bit harsh to start calling him out already 😄
Andrew Keatley
113 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:41:00
I feel a bit for Anwar El-Ghazi. He hasn’t kicked a ball for us yet and I’ve now read multiple posts on here asking whether or not we can just cancel his loan. How embarrassing would that be to pursue that line of questioning - for him, and for this club? He’s a decent footballer who can definitely make positive contributions for us between now and the end of the season. I fully understand that we have a major weakness in midfield but I can only imagine that he is going to be part of our squad until the end of this season (at least) so get behind him maybe.

Having said that, the way this club has been run in recent times it wouldn’t surprise me if we tried to cancel the loan at the last minute in the hope of getting Loftus-Cheek in, only for Chelsea to bring up the drawbridge at 10.55 tomorrow night and leave us either a player short (with El-Ghazi prematurely sent packing) or stuck with a thoroughly disenfranchised and embarrassed El-Ghazi, who is hardly going to want to do anything to help this club maintain its Premier League status.

Michael Fox
114 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:48:58
This is facilitating, it seems the club is not talking to us. Instead they are communicating through Sky Sports. What a shower of childish incompetence runts. Sorry for the mis-spelling on the last word.
Jim Lloyd
115 Posted 30/01/2022 at 23:52:20
I suppose it's par for the course for some posts to be negative. The klad is here, he wants to prove himself so he'll be bursting his braces to get out and show what he can do. Welcoming him would do some good, certainly not do any harm.
Andrew, your right about the defensive weakbness in midfield, so it will maybe benefit us if the manager puts the emphasis on attack. We've got a decent array of attacking players and van der wotsit is reutedly a good distributer of the ball to the attackers.
I don't expect the defence to be much different from the last 3 years, but if we concetrate on our strengths rather tahn the weakness we might start tonking a few teams. Our goals for is poor...very poor!
Brendan Fox
116 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:11:20
Welcome to the original Blues Frank!

Hopefully you will turn our season around and do us proud in the future to take us back to the top


Mike Keating
117 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:14:06
Andrew - I agree it’s pretty poor form to be speculating about the tenure of a player who hasn’t even set foot on the park but we did not need another winger, so what was the point in bringing him in on loan?
If El Ghazi stays, I have a horrible feeling he’ll be Josh King Mk2.
Derek Knox
118 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:14:40
Jim @ 115, If I didn't see negativity on TW I would honestly believe I was on the wrong site. Not that I welcome it, far from it, but some people just can't help but moan, and give little credit where due.

Mind you we haven't had a lot to rejoice about recently and well before that even, but I always try to look ahead with optimism, even in bad times. I sincerely hope Frankie (Cue Sister Sledge) will be a breath of much needed fresh air.

Okay, he is Not the New Messiah ! He is NOT going to win every game from now till the Season's end, and will make the odd error, but let's back him. A realistic goal would be a good run in the Cup, even possibly winning it, and a reasonable finish in the Premiership, say 7th or 8th.

Then start afresh next Season with further departures and additions to the squad, who knows the negativity may even disappear too !

Tim Dancey
119 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:24:44
I never understood why Ferguson remained on as a coach whilst the succession of managers & back room staff departed.
Jim Lloyd
120 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:32:20
Totally agree Derek.
Mike, let's just see what he's like rather than pre judging him.

Derek, true enough, I suppose it's in some people's nature to negative. Anyway, I think we may just have now, a collection of forward thinki9ng (see, I've subconsciously put Dixie's number in, there!) players, to carry the attack to the opposition. There's no point in trying to defend the indefensible, our defence is a bit of as basket case, depending on whose it could be a lot of a basket casde, so FORWARD WE GO!
Oops, sorry about that... dyslexic fingers, y'know. You're quiite right, we haven't had a lot to rejoice about for years but sometimes, well quite often, I think we're partially to blame as supporters. Too many just dwell on the negative aspects during the game. The feller behind me drives me mad!! He could have Barcelona at it's best in front of him, and he'd moan about them taking too many shots at goal! Anyway, hopefully Frank and his team will instill the urge to attack those players like Gray, Richie, Townsend DCL the young Dutch feller and El Ghazi, then young Anthony Gordon is bursting at the seams to take defences on, so we're not to bad off for lads who can put the ball away. Hopefull we'll start doing it; and I can see dobbin getting a lot more time on the pitch as well.
By the way, Derek, who's Sister Sledge? I've heard of Percy Sledge.

Mike Gaynes
121 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:33:13
DK #118, I love your idea of "realistic", but you might need to lighten up on the Happy Mushrooms just a little.

The Cup and a top 7-8 finish would make Frankie the Messiah and a half. The equivalent of walking across the Mersey in Adidas Mundials without getting the stripes wet.

Under the current circumstances, the Cup quarterfinals and a solid 14th would make him a roaring success.

Rob Halligan
122 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:36:48
Jim, here you go mate. I’ve been saving this………

Jim Lloyd
123 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:37:46
I agree Mike, I think Derek is in receipt of spiritual fortification:)
Jim Lloyd
124 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:44:26
Rob I'm hopeless with technical stuff. Got youtube, hahaha, I'll bet this is sister sledge. If I put that in on youtube, will that get what you've posted there?

PS, Tim, that's a good point about duncan. Someone was saying earlier that he's going for the sunderland job. Whatever the truth of it, he's just stagnating as a perennial number 2..ish

Rob, it wouldn't be Sister Sledge Frankie? :) just seen them on you tube. can imagine Derek waltzing round his kitchen to that lot!

Mike Gaynes
125 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:47:16
Jim, I think he's had a little too much already!!
Rob Halligan
126 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:50:42
Jim, can’t you just copy and paste the link?
Jim Lloyd
127 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:54:46
Wish I could Rob, but I think I have a strong strain of neanderthal in me where techy stuff is concerned.
I think you're spot on Mike, he's probably snoring peacefully on the couch now.
Jim Lloyd
128 Posted 31/01/2022 at 00:59:35
Which reminds me, time for beddo soon. Mike, Rob, are you content with our new manager?
John Reynolds
129 Posted 31/01/2022 at 01:01:18
118 ‘A realistic goal would be a good run in the Cup, even possibly winning it, and a reasonable finish in the Premiership, say 7th or 8th’

Good man Derek!

I think we’d all settle for that. In what season?

Mike Gaynes
130 Posted 31/01/2022 at 01:02:49
Content is a good word, Jim. Not ecstatic, but he's a young guy who was an unrivalled leader on the pitch. If he can bring that leadership element back to Everton -- which has been without it for so long -- he has a good chance to succeed. And let's face it, the bar is pretty low.

Sister Sledge: a Motown soul group from the '70s. Biggest hit: "We Are Family."

Jim Lloyd
131 Posted 31/01/2022 at 01:03:07
Not half John, though I think Mike's aspiration would do just fine for this season.
Jim Lloyd
132 Posted 31/01/2022 at 01:12:36
You're right Mike. We still have a disjointed squad and it needs some good recruiting, as and when we have a few bob to spend. Probably when we start seeing the unsellables, coming to the end of their contract, then we might be able to start. Crucial now isn't it, that we have some proper planning about what positions need filling first to fit what style of football the manager wants to install.
I'm off to bed now mate, it's blowing a right cold hoolie outside and bloody draughty in here. Looking forward to seeing if we get anyone else tomorrow. Goodnight all.
Alan J Thompson
134 Posted 31/01/2022 at 03:08:42
So "super" coach Anthony Barry is not coming so there'll be no complaints about him joining the "Old Boys" club at Finch Farm. Meanwhile Frank brings his trusty backroom boys from Chelsea. Seconds out!?!
Steve Brown
135 Posted 31/01/2022 at 03:10:41
"Two Frank Lampards, there's only two Frank Lampard."

Good luck Frank, I hope he gets time to develop ins the job and stabilise the club.

John Zapa
136 Posted 31/01/2022 at 03:40:52
Lampard is a million miles away from the levels of the top managers in the league like Tuchel, Guardiola and Klopp.

He has not had the transformative impact that similar aged managers like Arteta and Gerrard have had. They have both proved themselves much quicker to adapt to circumstances than he could.

I worry about the stories I used to hear related to poor man-management from Lampard, maybe it's a lingering effect of playing for such managers like Morinho and Benitez. Tactically he has shown himself to be limited. His spat last year with Klopp might have amused some here, but it just highlighted his immaturity.

Unfortunately he is ill-equipped to enter such a situation and turn it around and I think he was the wrong choice.

Annika Herbert
137 Posted 31/01/2022 at 04:47:50
I must have missed the transformative impact Arteta has had at Arsenal. They don't seem much improved to me at all.

As for Gerrard, he did well at Rangers, he has done nothing of note in the Premier League yet.

Andy Sommer
138 Posted 31/01/2022 at 06:31:17
So I'm happy with lampard. I'm hoping he looks to build a team for the future as opposed to chasing Europe when we're nowhere near it. This would mean signing fewer expensive wastes and hopefully relying on younger players with real potential as well as giving our own a chance. We need to stop kiddng ourselves by chasing European qualification each year and start looking 3, 4 or more years ahead. Stop building patchwork quilt teams that cost a lot and deliver little. The contract for Lampard is interesting 2.5 years taking us to June 2024 just before the new stadium is built. Anything in that?
Jack Convery
139 Posted 31/01/2022 at 06:41:31
The Sue Gray report will be published before EFC announce his appointment.
Steve Shave
140 Posted 31/01/2022 at 07:45:43
I woke up feeling a little more enthusiastic about this appointment, I'm warming up. I think once again the delay in us announcing it is utterly shambolic from our club. What the hell goes on there behind closed doors? Amateurs.

I can only assume they want to announce the full coaching staff and I hope its because they haven't sorted Dunc out yet but the more optimistic thought is because they are trying to get Barry as well as Clement. That would be amazing. I feel for Dunc but it's time for him to cut his teeth in management, Sunderland would be an excellent fit, I bet he could get those fans going!

As for Lamps, I don't think the squad needs complete overhaul in the summer, deadwood released, a few fringe players sold. Decent back to DCL secured and I hope he will be in for young Gilmor who Lampard absolutely loves.

Tony Abrahams
141 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:23:01
John Z@136, how many million miles do you think the Everton players are away from the footballers who play for Guardiola, Tuchel, and Klopp?

I'm not aware of the man-management issues, John, what was it, did he fall out with a few superstar footballers?

Arteta has won the FA Cup, beating Lampard in the final, Gerard took 2 years to win the league in Scotland, whilst Lampard got Chelsea into the Champions League, whilst playing quite a few younger players because his club was hampered by a transfer embargo.

I'd argue that all three of these young managers have all had very similar starts to their managerial careers, but maybe I'm wrong, and his alleged immaturity will do Everton no favours whatsoever?

Seriously, who is equipped for the Everton madhouse? One of the top doctors from Rampton, maybe.

Barry Cowling
142 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:33:08
Duncan has apparently been offered the Sunderland job and is in process of agreeing terms. He has turned down the chance to stay at Everton supposedly. Getting Paul Clement is a very astute move.
Brent Stephens
143 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:39:55
John Z "Unfortunately he is ill-equipped to enter such a situation and turn it around and I think he was the wrong choice."

John, I'd love to know your own short list, to match the likes of Tuchel, Guardiola and Klopp - the top level managers you seem to think we could attract. Maybe those three actually applied but we didn't shortlist any of them?

Michael Fox
144 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:44:06
Great post Steve 140. Spring is in the air, a new beginning afoot, onward and upward, COYB.
Christopher Timmins
145 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:44:36
Good luck to Frank and the rest of his management team. He is obviously an ambitious young man with a point to prove after how things worked out at Chelsea. He will have learnt from that experience will be the better for it.

His teams play in the right way and he gives young player a chance. In addition he will give us a better chance of acquiring young talented players in the future.

Let's hope that we can look back in 10 years and say that this was the day that things changed in a positive way for EFC!

Bobby Mallon
146 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:45:41
John Zapa 136. Are you in anyway involved in football and do you have contacts within Chelsea. You wrote

He has not had the transformative impact that similar aged managers like Arteta and Gerrard have had. They have both proved themselves much quicker to adapt to circumstances than he could.

Gerrard won a two horse league in Scotland and Arteta the FA Cup. They still have have a season to go let’s see where their respective teams finish. Frank finished 4 th in his first season with a ban on players coming in. He is not a million miles away ffs

Ian Horan
147 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:48:06
I think a lot of blues need to have a reality check?, based on our current standing and financial position we aren't able to appoint a manager to compete with Pep, Tuchell or Bingo over at the RS. We are appointing a manager to compete with the Gerrard, Rogers and Moyes of this world's, once we are at that level and our money situation becomes more favourable may just maybe Lampard will take us up to that level!. Expectations need to be managed, also they need to be realistic. Keep up the pressure to purge the board of the usual subjects but lets give Lampard time ffs.
Geoff Lambert
148 Posted 31/01/2022 at 08:59:14
Are the Geordie Billionairs are buying their way out of the bottom three?
Martin Krogh
149 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:06:01
Really?! Again, a new manager and everyone reckons top 6 next. We will get the usual ketchup effect with a short spell of good results, and then reality will hit us hard again. Problems run deep with Everton. We are shit from the top down. Brace yourself for another disapointing year. Everything else will be a bonus and a a total sursprise.

Agree with Lampard being a good choice, though.

Danny Baily
150 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:08:19
Interesting that the commenters on the guardian, who were in full patronising swing when congratulating Everton on securing a manager of the calibre of Rafa, are busy taking aim at Lampard. Suggests to me that this is a good appointment.
Rob Halligan
151 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:11:48
Jim # 128. Sorry Jim, I hit the sack before you did.

Regards the appointment of Lampard, well we’ve tried the old, so now let’s try the new (In terms of age that is). For me, his very short managerial career has not been quite the failure some seem to think. He nearly got promotion in his very first season as a manager. In his second got to a cup final and top four finish despite a transfer embargo.In his third had his team top of the premier league in December, before a collapse led to Abramovich giving him his P45, leaving behind a team that went on to win the champions league. If that’s failure, I hope we get some of it! David Moyes, that some wanted back here,has been in management for well over twenty years, and has had exactly the same success, nearly promoted, lost a cup final and one top four finish.

Will lampard be a success with us, who knows, but it’s now time to stop all this chopping and changing. I was happy with Carlo, until he done a runner, and never wanted Benitez. So as I said earlier………..”Out with the old and in with the new”.

Geoff Lambert
152 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:12:59
Good to see Eriksen back after his troubles.
Gary Jones
153 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:14:27
Bobby, is that the same John Zapa who was writing over the weekend all the reasons why Crystal Palace are a much more attractive club than us, and stating with certainty how DvdB would be choosing them over us?
Paul Turner
154 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:15:37
Slightly off-topic (at least for a few days), but I see Christian Eriksen, bless him, has joined Brentford - like most football fans - I wish him the very best - starting after we play them at the weekend!

And - welcome Frank and team, and good luck to Duncan Ferguson in his next job!

Andrea Jacobs
157 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:48:49
I’m behind the team, behind the new manager etc blah blah blah.
None of that good will and positivity changes the situation though. This is another knee-jerk appointment that represents a massive gamble for both parties, probably more for us.
If this goes disastrously wrong, Lampard still has enough youth and cache within the game to get his career going somewhere else.

On the other side of things, Moshiri may have just stumbled upon the best appointment we’ve made for decades, you never know.
I think with his style there’s always going to be teething problems, defensively, which is a serious worry. There should also be more goals scored, plus some chaos and excitement. That game when Chelsea played Man U (was it his first game in charge?) - Chelsea looked superb in the match, playing so aggressively, but Man U won 4-0. It’s that kind of match that makes me genuinely 50/50 about what this manager can achieve here.
Will he be given the support and the leighway if we get beat 5-0 by TRS because he was trying to play attacking football?
Will this bedding-in process of his front-foot philosophy actually end up relegating us?
Or will the verve and atmosphere it creates be enough to get those vital home wins, even if there are inconsistent performances along the way?
I’ve been crying out for an attacking manager for years, so it’s now ‘be careful what you wish for’ time.
I’m fully behind Lampard and the way he wants to play football, but I’ve heard too many niggling bits of information about his man-management skills, which hopefully he has learnt to correct from his time at Chelsea and we can benefit from.

Ian Hollingworth
158 Posted 31/01/2022 at 09:51:20
John @136 I am sorry but your first paragraph is just comical
At this stage in his career how can you possibly compare Frank to those 3 managers and let’s not get started on the difference in squads

We are where we are and all I am hoping for is that Frank brings his biggest asset front and center which is he is a winner.

If he’s a success then it means Everton FC have done well and I would rather spend my time focusing on that than comparing to Slippy and Rogers et al.


Rob Halligan
159 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:06:57
Paul Joyce (The Times) has now tweeted that Lampard will ask Duncan Ferguson to stay on and be part of his backroom staff.
George Cumiskey
160 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:09:42
Never mind the managing side Frank just bring your boots we need you in midfield !
Mike Keating
161 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:09:52
Rob @ 151
"David Moyes, that some wanted back here,has been in management for well over twenty years, and has had exactly the same success, nearly promoted, lost a cup final and one top four finish."
Well said!
Danny Baily
162 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:23:18
Andrea 157, the 'good will and positivity' changes the picture in its entirety. We needed a clear break from the failed Rafa regime, and we've got one, especially so with a few new faces likely to join the dressing room.

With morale the way it is, a chance for players and staff to recalibrate their attitudes and start afresh with a clean slate is precisely what is required.

The fightback starts today.

Mark Ryan
163 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:31:51
Off topic but I see Matt Targett now being loaned out by Villa. Their player of the year last year and now loaned out ? ! ? wtf
BENITEZ TO GERRARD " do you want a really decent full back"
GERRARD " no I have Matt Targett"
BENITEZ " I want shot of this lad here, he's challenged my authority here, I can't even offload him to Newcastle
GERRARD " Do you Digne ? the french international ? oh alright then Boss, I'll tell my lot we can offload Targett, Dignes a better playern "
BENITEZ " cheers, I owe you big time
GERRARD " no worries gaffer"

Can you tell I'm still seething

Bill Watson
164 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:33:21
Lampard's (apparent) appointment has been announced in the press and on radio and Tv. In fact everywhere except the official Everton FC website.

Just what is the point of having this site or logging on to it?

Derek Knox
165 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:55:18
Rob @ 159, There's an old saying, or proverb, "Too many Cooks Spoil the Broth".

Whether there is any substance to it, only time will tell, but I can't really see it working, to be honest, but again, this IS Everton.

Dave Lynch
166 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:55:50
Bill @164.

I'm still shakey over this appointment, I'm getting suspicious about it. Why hasn't it been announced? Why hasn't he been presented to the press and fans with the teary one at his side proclaiming he's gonna deliver us a trophy next year.

Something doesn't sit right with me... I hope to god I'm wrong.

Dave Carruthers
167 Posted 31/01/2022 at 10:56:47
I consider myself a voyeur of TW, have only posted once before, but I do consider myself an optimist from the Rob Halligan and Danny O'Neill school of positive thinking. To that end, having had to endure the increasing shambles of the last 12 months (I was going to say 5 years, but the complete shambles only really kicked in during 2021) and even one or two negative comments within this current thread, I would like to list the reasons why we all should finally feel we can start raising our head above the parapet again:

● One of the finest footballers of his generation and one who will carry the technical respect of the players because of it;

● English pedigree who has played and managed in the Premier League (Carlo was a great player but never actually played here);

● He will be given instant respect by the players;

● He will not carry the divisive baggage of some of our past managers or the other contenders mentioned;

● He will therefore unite the fanbase;

● He's smart, intelligent and articulate;

● He's not afraid to get in the trenches.

Forget the rights and wrongs of his spat with Klopp, I loved that passion and a Bally, Reidy, Ratters-type attitude to stand up on the touchline and not have his head stuck in a notebook - and can hopefully transfer that fighting spirit to the players which is something we have dramatically missed

● He did a good job at Derby, improved them as a team and delivered good results;

● He had a good first year at Chelsea, despite their own financial limitations (a key point for me);

● He got them to the top of the Premier League by early December (the defeat at Goodison knocked them off the top) and sacked a month later – A bad month is obviously unacceptable (how many of the expensive imports were foisted on him?).

● He has spent the last year analysing the strategies and execution of the top global coaches – a big sign that he's willing to learn and adapt;

● He will be a far better attraction for new signings in summer (FFP notwithstanding)

● He has a reputation for encouraging youth. That can only be good with our current crop. I'm sure part of Dobbin's reason for signing

● He has the reputation as a good arm-around-the-shoulder manager – a distinct difference to the last incumbent;

● I gather he has already stated Calvert-Lewin is going nowhere – Good!

● There is the core of an excellent squad in existence.

I believe Frank will reduce at the edges, improve at the core and add quality where necessary. He will also create a way of playing that will suit the personnel at his disposal. No right-backs playing left-wing back.

I'm not sure if the reason for the delay of the announcement was this, but he has insisted on his own support team, and to thus, finally, start to meet the criteria via ability – not just old boys club. Indeed the sooner we walk away from that, the better. I love the idea of an Everton culture, but for the right reasons not for emotional or sentimental reasons.

Finally, I can see some sense of individuality and independence. Good. The sooner the two heads of the Everton organisation are pushed way into the background with minimal influence and Frank becomes the catalyst for a proper footballing and commercial structure being put in place, the better.

I'm sorry Dunc will be leaving on many levels but he's been part of a terrible 5 years and must now go and prove himself elsewhere. I'm encouraged that Tim Cahill, who via his own initiative has developed a very broad and wider understanding of how the sport operates at every level, is to be part of the new thinking. Exactly the right criteria for a positive culture combing best of both worlds.

So there we go. Hopefully no hint of negativity and the thinking has certainly got me at my most positive for the last 2 years. I'm even willing to give Frank the patience and time that he will undoubtedly need!! COYB

Brian Williams
169 Posted 31/01/2022 at 11:06:29
Get a grip Dave. 😁
Dave Lynch
170 Posted 31/01/2022 at 11:11:49
I'd love to, Brian, but this is Everton, the kings of fucking things up. 🙄

Alan J Thompson
171 Posted 31/01/2022 at 11:41:01
Dave(#166); And not a word about the project, something gone very wrong – or is it just the bloke from the Echo is on his hols and Bill and Moshiri can't agree on who should show him in until they've repainted the walls?
Joe McMahon
172 Posted 31/01/2022 at 11:48:33
Dave and Alan,

Dominic King has tweeted that Frank Lampard is at Finch Farm, Ferguson is staying on (he should take Sunderland role and move on IMO), and talk of Ashley Cole on the coaching team?

Paul Hewitt
173 Posted 31/01/2022 at 11:57:45
How big is this backroom going to be?
Sam Hoare
174 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:01:22
Lampard, with Clement assisting and then also Cole, Big Dunc, Mark Jones (fitness coach) and maybe Joe Edwards. Sounds like a pretty good team from what I’ve heard and read.
Anthony Hawkins
175 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:01:24
I imagine Lampard has stipulated getting certain signings before he commits. Any new manager hoping to stay up would want the assurance of new players or they'd be being hopeful at best.
Joe Corgan
176 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:03:34
I am incredibly confused as to why there has still been no official announcement from Everton. It seemed a bit slow on Saturday. It seemed pretty odd on Sunday. It's now noon on Monday and now it's getting pretty unbelievable.
Jim Bennings
177 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:12:40
This is kind of making me wonder also what is the holdup?

Apparently it was hours away from being officially announced on Saturday evening, then all day yesterday it was "imminent confirmation in hours"

It's now transfer deadline day, we are linked with this and that player but still haven't even officially announced Frank Lampard as our manager?

It's all getting a bit weird, you can only think Lampard wants reassurance that he can actually improve this squad here and now given our precarious position.

As for the Official Website, it's always absolutely shite as long as I can remember to be honest, just a blue screen with bits of irrelevant information that never gets updated.

Stefan Busby
178 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:13:35
@Mark 276 - mentioned on Talkshite.

Frank could have binned him so must be some reason for it.

Also Ashley Cole!! Is that a wind-up?

Is he going to bring his air rifle to see if he can get a bit more out of Rondon's running?

As for signings, we have to pay don't we? We've two loans on the books but yet folk think we can still do more loan deals.

David Pearl
179 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:23:02
Joe @181,

It has been confirmed this morning. I'm sure the club and himself have a lot to do in clearing up from Agent Rafa and we will have a news conference in the morning to announce everything... which could take a couple hours.

Iain Latchford
180 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:23:43
Stefan, we can still loan from abroad.
Joe Corgan
181 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:37:24
Hi David @ 181.

Yeah, it's a case of 'when is an announcement not an announcement.'

I'm sure Frank is going to be very busy today. At least I hope so anyway. But I would have thought they could have found a few minutes to record a quick greeting and put something on the official site.

The powers that be have obviously made a conscious decision to delay the official unveiling but I wonder to what end? Get today out of the way and unveil Frank and a couple of new signings tomorrow?

James Hughes
182 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:37:34
Moshri is so confused he is probably trying to sign Lampard as a player. The deal collapased as he failed his medical.

Hope it gets announced soon as the coaching team that is allegedly joining will be just what we need. A bit of fresh ideas and god knows some of them need coaching.

Why do people still give DF grief for wanting to stay. There is zero evidence of the so-called stealing of wages, just gossip over the garden fence from fish-wives. There are plenty of people out there who do not want the top job but still behave profeesionally and make serious contributions to their respective employer.

Stefan Busby
183 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:40:44
@Iain #186. Of course, sorry. Completely forgot about that.

Anything out there? Is Riquelme a possibility?

Mark Ryan
184 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:41:34
I'm sure the confirmation / unveiling etc will have to wait. He's probably focussed on what business can be done today. The club are clearly trying to resolve last minute bits of business. If this wasn't Deadline Day I'm sure it would look very different
Have faith everyone
Peter Neilson
185 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:43:34
Alan Myers reporting that Lampard is at FF and that Ferguson has been offered a coaching role.

The delay is probably just the club getting the daguerreotype set up.

Tony Heron
186 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:46:53
James @ 188 Well said, couldn't agree more. I worked with plenty of people who were excellent at their jobs and were never interested in promotion. They were the ones you could always rely on and knew the job inside out.
Mark Ryan
187 Posted 31/01/2022 at 12:58:18
Tony @ 6 I suspect we'll not see any of the usual unveiling bollocks or hear any proper news re Dunc / Tim until tomorrow. They don't have the time to be fecking around with unveiling Frank etc just to appease us
I personally see the silence as good news. They are all focussing their attention on incomings
Kim Vivian
188 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:12:43
Interesting link from a Chelsea fan here sent to me by one of my lads.

Keith Harrison
189 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:31:46
As I type, the club have officially announced Lampard in. Just had the app notification.
Nick Page
190 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:32:31
Fat Frank confirmed. Ferguson not in the first-team coaching squad.
Joe Corgan
191 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:32:47
Finally, Lampard is official.
Paul Hewitt
192 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:33:04
Well in, Frank.
Barry Rathbone
193 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:34:16
The lack of confirmation from the club about Lampard is a bit odd given every man and his dog say he's the new boss. My guess is they want a Hollywood unveiling with Frank flanked by a plethora of new signings and maybe dancing girls.
Joe Corgan
194 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:37:09
Paul Clement not assistant manager though. It's Joe Edwards. Clement is a coach.

No mention of Ferguson anywhere.

Dave Lynch
195 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:40:48
Super Frank has just been on Sky Sports News.
Mike Corcoran
196 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:42:59
Great line from a blue on Talksport - “didn’t Andy Warhol say in the future everyone would be Everton manager for 15 minutes?”
Danny O’Neill
197 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:43:14
Well, if and when this get's announced, I guess it's a question of "Super Franky Lampard" or "2 Franks Lampards, there's only 2 Frank Lampards" that is in question. Or do we do a combination of both?

At least the "busted flush" / "dinosaur" gang will need to change their tune.

Best wishes Franky boy. I'm behind you. Everton will be behind you.

Keith Harrison
198 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:43:23
Barry, it has been announced.

If you haven't already got it, download the official Everton app and you will get all updates automatically.

Mike Keating
199 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:46:29
Just been confirmed by email from the club.
Mike Keating
200 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:48:02
And on EFC website
Paul Turner
201 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:48:35
Confirmed on the OS now - so we can, er, "Relax!"
Mark Ryan
202 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:52:54
You couldn't knock that smile of his face. ha ha, made up !! Good luck Frank. Joe Edwards anyone. I know Clement, don't know Edwards ?
John Chambers
203 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:53:16
Glad to finally get the confirmation and pleased to see a complete new first team coaching staff, apart from Kelly and he seems to have done a good job with Pickford. Not sure what Duncans new role is going to be?
John Chambers
204 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:58:11
Mark #193 here's something on Edwards
Brian Hennessy
205 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:58:14
What kind of a fee do we think it will take to get Dele Alli I wonder/
Jay Wood

206 Posted 31/01/2022 at 13:59:00
Tch! Disappointed to see on the official club site headline stories about the women's team scoring four goals and pilings being made for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock being replaced about some cockney geezer pitching up at Everton.

I'll join those who are happy to support the appointment. If Frank Lampard succeeds, so do Everton. That's what most concerns me.

His primary remit is a simple one: retain Everton's Premier League status this season. As few as five wins in our remaining 18 games should ensure that.

Brian Williams
207 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:02:32
Lampard spoke very well in his first interview and mentioned himself that it's all well and good talking but actions speak louder.

I just hope this is the beginning of the end of our nightmare.

Good luck to him!

Mike Hughes
208 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:02:42
Welcome Frank!
Best of luck sorting this mess out.
You have a good reference point of how things are run at CFC.
Compare and contrast.

A few new faces.
Some of the youth available to you.
A large pruning saw for the deadwood.

Hopefully a new and positive turning point for the Mighty Blues.

Onwards and upwards.

Good luck!

Kim Vivian
209 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:05:45
Finally it's formalised... I'm glad I wasn't waiting for an ambulance!

I'm made up with this appointment. I believe he has at least as good a chance of getting things straight with the squad as anyone else, but with the abject state of the club as it, it's a tough ask. I get the feeling here we do have a fans' manager, more so than anybody since Moyes, and he will be feeling our pain and rare moments of ecstacy.

Nothing unpredictable within the official confirmation on the OS and I read a heap of waffle from Moshiri and Kenwright – all so scripted. Lampard, however, making the right noises and I just hope the players get behind him listen and learn from him – at the end of the day we have no one who can hold a candle to his playing experience and success which will (should) demand the respect of the squad.

Good luck, Frank – welcome to the asylum.

Anthony Dove
210 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:07:19
Relief it's finally confirmed.

Only downside is that Frank is related to Jamie Redknapp.

Brian Williams
212 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:10:19
Dave #170.

Feeling a bit better now mate? Onwards and upwards we hope!!

Johan Elmgren
213 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:12:21
Let's all get behind him now and get ourselves out of this mire...

Good luck, Frank!!

Dermot O'Brien
214 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:14:36
Great news.

Jaysus, Bill looks rough. And Moshiri is like a Bond villain.

Jim Potter
215 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:14:38
Made up with this appointment. Young, big name ex-player, intelligent, passionate, hungry and from the interview he seems level headed and with a sense of humour.

Good luck, Frank.

We will lose games, but let's get behind him and the team and do what we're meant to do, support him and the players.

Neil Lawson
216 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:14:39
The real shame is that he wasn't appointed in the summer rather than having to clear the detritus left by Benitez. Good luck with that.

So delighted we have a manager we should all be able to unite behind.

Bill Gall
217 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:14:43
Well, we have tried some of the top-named managers and failed miserably. So let's give a chance to what a lot of supporters asked for, a young progressive manager who is not relying on the former coaches at Finch Farm and brought his own team of coaches in that he knows and trusts.

He is not expecting to win the league or qualify for Europe this season, unless with a decent draw we can win the FA Cup. Let's be honest, he is joining a basket-case of a club whose choices of managers have become a huge division in the fan club, and this may be a better choice in him being young and ambitious, with the trophies and playing career that should earn him the respect of the players.

All managers have to start somewhere and he has started his managerial career in the lower leagues and losing his job at Chelsea is not unusual as they change managers more than most clubs.

He says the right things at his signings, but then they all do... but congratulations on our new manager, and let's give him our support as, once again, we are asking for a manager that can get this group of players he has inherited into a team.

Si Cooper
218 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:18:41
I thought he’d be an interesting gamble in the summer but I definitely wouldn’t have expected a second half of the season scramble against relegation to be attractive to him.

Then again, I think he might have a contract that means he would be retained even after that horrendous possibility – providing certain positives are met, such as some upturn in performance, player confidence in what he is trying to achieve, etc.

I’m glad he’s bringing his own support team. Felt sorry for Duncan until I clocked his wages (it might be the ‘market rate’ but does it represent anything like value for money?; must have that chat with Hugh Jenkins about how capitalism without some sort of ‘socialist’ checks and balances is just potential unfairness given free rein).

New chapter begins. Let’s hope it’s prize-winning stuff.

Paul Cherrington
219 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:20:02
Although he wasn't my first choice, Lampard is here now so good luck to him. I do actually think it's a good appointment and he seems to have everything it takes to do well for us. His status as an up-and-coming manager is certainly refreshing after the last few older managers.

His record of bringing youth through is also promising, as was what he said in his first interview, plus his experience of winning things as a player. As a top-class midfielder in his time, he should also be able to sort out the mess our own midfield is in right now. Of course, the main clincher for welcoming him warmly is the row he had with Klopp when in charge of Chelsea, haha.

The most important point now is that we all unite and get behind him. We also need to stick with him for the long term, come what may, and get some stability back at the club.

Marc Hints
220 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:24:16
Feel more happy after seeing his interview than I have with other managers we have had in years!

Maybe the tide is turning for us...

Mike Hayes
221 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:28:53
Great appointment great interview even apologising for both him and his dad breaking our hearts. Fingers crossed he and we get off to a good start this Saturday and get into the next round of the FA Cup, followed by 3 points. Things can only get better – can't they?
John Keating
222 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:29:59
As with every manager and player, I welcome Lampard to our Club and hope he achieves success. If he is successful, so are we.

Frank Lampard was born and bred down South, his home is down South. His wife's career is based in London. I appreciate that today we can get up and down to Euston in a few hours but the fact is his life is not up North

Lampard has enough problems dealing with his job. I just hope his personal life doesn't add to the problems.

I mentioned it previously but I do notice that the haters appear conspicuous by this appointment. We had certain posters slagging off managerial appointments even before they were announced, followed by support to obviously play both sides. Maybe they actually agree with this appointment, who knows. No doubt we'll hear from them soon enough./p>

Tony Byrne
223 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:38:20
It's done! I was dreading any negativity coming out with concerns that maybe it might not happen, it's all worked out, finally.

The vast majority of our fans will get behind you Frank. The hard work starts today.

Welcome to Everton.

Eddie Dunn
224 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:40:26
Very pleased that it has all been done and dusted.

Welcome, Mr Lampard. Looking forward to the Cup game now, rather than dreading it.

James Hughes
225 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:41:25
John K. What does it matter he is from down south? A ludicrous thing to state as a factor in his employment.

Is it a problem that Richarlison & Allan are Brazilian or Doucoure is French. or we have Dutch, Scottish and Ukrainians on the pitch. Does it just affect managers about where they hail from?

Joe McMahon
226 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:45:21
Marc, I'm with you, I'm absolutely thrilled he is our manager. I've said it yesterday, but I'll say it again: this is the happiest I've been about any manager appointment since Joe Royle, and as we know that was years ago.
Rennie Smith
227 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:48:51
If he's given time (ha-ha!) he could do a good job of developing the team, particularly the young players. I'll be getting behind you on Saturday, but the real work starts Tue 8th v the barcodes.
John Cook
228 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:50:41
Frank Lampard has shown throughout his excellent career that he is a winner.Its years since we had one of those. Instill that mentality into this team Frank and you are half way there fella.
Tony Byrne
229 Posted 31/01/2022 at 14:51:04
It's done! it's all worked out, finally.

The vast majority of our fans will get behind you Frank. The hard work starts today.

Welcome to Everton.

Mike Gaynes
230 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:00:00
Dave #167, excellent post. I'm perhaps not quite as optimistic as you, given that I believe this appointment is driven more by chaos and panic than any thoughtful analysis by Moshiri and the Board, but you make an excellent case for your positivity and, of course, I devoutly hope that you are 100% right.

Well done.

Tony Abrahams
231 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:10:57
I think Lampard's wife is Irish, so Liverpool will be like home to the girl!

I heard he personally phoned Duncan Ferguson, because he's been the one that's been closest to the players, which makes a lot of sense imo.

Although I'm one of the people who doesn't thinks it's professional, that Duncan, has been pushed onto many new Everton managers, but I also think it's different if he's been requested to stay by the main man.

Duncan might end up finding himself a lot busier by just being involved, rather than he's been whilst being an assistant manager, simply because it sounds like he's really wanted?

If Everton get Dele Alli, suddenly we are going to have a load of attack-minded players in our squad.

James Marshall
232 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:10:59
Delighted Lampard is our new manager. Of course the proof of the pudding & all that but reasons for optimism to my mind.

As an aside, Bill Kenwright does not look a well man at all. Concerning even.

Marc Hints
233 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:11:45
Joe #215

Totally agree mate. I also like the fact we now seem to be getting a good coaching setup behind Frank Lampard and English too.

Will Mabon
234 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:16:21
"So let's give a chance to what a lot of supporters asked for, a young progressive manager..."

Agree, as we have no choice, Bill. Almost the last manager category we haven't tried (English version) – this and Batshit Crazy, which we very nearly got. Maybe that will be another throw of the dice for another time.

Now to sit back and watch proceedings through yet another new lens. Here we go...

Francis van Lierop
235 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:17:18
Welcome Frank!
Iain Latchford
236 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:18:24
Is it possible that Ferguson could take over the U23s with Unsworth getting the push? Saves on wages and gives Ferguson a bit more experience of being the main coach of a team.
Will Mabon
237 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:22:50
"As an aside, Bill Kenwright does not look a well man at all. Concerning even."

James, haven't you heard – he fakes it. Remote medical assessment specialists on here have confirmed it for years.

I'm far from his biggest fan, but he often looks obviously fragile in recent years.

Iakovos Iasonidis
238 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:41:45
Better than other candidates, maybe worst than others. I believe Lampard is lucky to manage a club like Everton. If we survive this year he will have transfer budget to spend, managing a historic club with a new ground on the horizon, I hope he has the hunger to succeed.

His first moves in the market surely seem ambitious and on the right direction. I am still bitter on him scoring the winning goal at 2009 FA Cup Final though...

Will Mabon
239 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:52:34

I remain more pissed at the way we went into knife/gunfight mode and capitulated in that game. We could have had them that day.

Will Mabon
240 Posted 31/01/2022 at 15:54:48
Warwick @ 9:

You think "Lamps" is annoying.

Wait til the media calls us "Frank Lampard's Everton"!

James Lauwervine
241 Posted 31/01/2022 at 16:16:11
I think he'll adapt and bring something new to us. I say this purely on the basis that an anagram of 'Lampard Everton' is 'Mr Novel Adapter'.
Seriously though, welcome Frank, I have faith in you!
Danny O’Neill
242 Posted 31/01/2022 at 16:19:31
My Grandad was Belfast born and felt more than at home in Garston, Speke and later in life on Arkles Lane in Anfield. Location is not a problem!

Welcome Frank. I can call this this manager by his first name,

Keep us up and do your corner flag celebration at Wembley in May,

Iain Latchford
243 Posted 31/01/2022 at 16:24:24
Happy with van de Beek. Alli on an almost pay as you play basis seems reasonable. However, would like to see a more defensive player come in too. Wonder if there will be another surprise by 11pm?
Brent Stephens
244 Posted 31/01/2022 at 16:30:51
Will #239 Here's looking forward to a superb Lamp Standard.
Will Mabon
245 Posted 31/01/2022 at 16:48:55
Brent, can tolerate that one...
John Keating
246 Posted 31/01/2022 at 17:18:47
James 224
You’re missing my point entirely
Of course it doesn’t matter where anyone comes from
Foreign players come here, move their families over, settle down
Problem is Lampards whole life is down South, will he move up here???
Gerard took the Rangers job and never moved up there. It was a massive factor this season and a reason he wanted out
So its not ludicrous!
Andrea Jacobs
247 Posted 31/01/2022 at 18:12:05
Dave #167
• I’m taking a screenshot of your bullet points
• So I can post them back up here in three months time
• I agree with all the positive sentiments on here about Lampard
• Because if you can’t be excited about a managerial appointment before he even puts out a team, then when can you?
• These are the good times
• Before the reality kicks in with Lampard’s clueless defensive naivety and tactical ineptitude, and his prissy attitude.
• I remember how excited people were for Ancelotti
• But this one’s different, this is the one, this is the real thing
• Yes, this is a highly obnoxious, sarcastic post
• But this football supporting business really is a kind of mental disorder
Mike Connolly
248 Posted 31/01/2022 at 18:22:43
Welcome, Frank. A little tip on how to eradicate our poor home form.

Get a big crane and move the luxury visitors changing rooms, we've had for 2 years. Make the teams walk out of the main tunnel were they'll be met with an intimidating atmosphere.

At the moment they enter the stadium close to their own supporters were it is easy for them to forget that they are the away side. Due to Covid, the two teams do not have to congregate in the tunnel; send the away team out first, just like the old days.

I know it's a bit trivial but we need every bit of advantage at the moment and, since the cabins have been there, our home form has suffered dramatically.

Paul Birmingham
249 Posted 31/01/2022 at 18:46:10
Welcome to The Everton Family, Frank Lampard, and best of luck in the job.
Jim Lloyd
250 Posted 31/01/2022 at 19:19:21
Lakovos, I'm still angry (not at Lampard, he did what he always did well, score!) I'm angry sitting in the stand at Wembley , watching our right-hand side mid and defender, put out the "This Way, Lads" sign up to Chelsea.

As for our new manager, brilliant news!

I'm hoping that Frank, as a renowned goalscorer, will instill in our players to go on the attack, right from the start. Better that than count on our defence to draw up the portcullis... they're more like port and lemon

Danny O’Neill
251 Posted 31/01/2022 at 19:52:36
Not forgetting Lescott allowing Drogba a long jumper style run in on him to smash in the equaliser Jim.
Jim Lloyd
252 Posted 31/01/2022 at 20:05:23
You're right, Danny! It was as if we'd had a collective decision to capitulate... it was embarrassing, mate.

Anyway, onwards and upwards now. It's a shame we haven't much wiggle room due to those daft constraints... well, worse than daft, they were designed to keep the ones at the top... at the top.

Still, I like Lampard and I'm sure his whole football career was aimed at being a great attacking, goalscoring midfielder. I'm hoping that's what he'll instil in our players. We've got the players to go at teams, I hope he'll concentrate on us going for the throat!

Paul Johnson
253 Posted 31/01/2022 at 20:17:39
Just watched his interview and I like it. COYB
Barry Shearer
254 Posted 01/02/2022 at 22:56:15
Welcome Frank. I wish him the best. This is a fantastic club. I really believe he and his coaching staff will do a great job. Fabulous first interview. All the best. COYB.
Mike Doyle
255 Posted 03/02/2022 at 14:29:01
Watched Harry Redknapp Q&A at the Oxford Union (it's on YouTube).

About 20" in a student asks him who is the hardest working player he has ever worked with. Without hesitation he states "Frank Lampard" (followed by his dad) and explains the impact Frank's approach had on other young players at West Ham at the time.

Be interesting to see if Frank's level of application rubs off on our squad.

Eric Myles
256 Posted 03/02/2022 at 15:26:35
"As an aside, Bill Kenwright does not look a well man at all. Concerning even."

Does he owe you money, James @232?

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