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Unfortunately, Frank Lampard's illustrious playing career, work ethic and great communicating did not a successful Premier League coach make
A quick rundown of some of the many, many managerial options out there.
Now that the club have dispensed with the services of another manager, I’ll try and break it down to make it easier to understand and offer some ideas about why we are where we are and how it can be fixed moving forward.
How do we get through the next four months? What happens then? Doing nothing is no longer an option. That’s the challenge facing Farhad Moshiri, the very survival of Everton Football Club.
I would like to see exactly what my club's vision and mission statement would look like. The club needs reform and a reset, but not today. What it does need is an agenda and timeframe to make it happen. Today we need a united front.
This was a performance by a side crippled by a lack of self-belief, overseen by a manager who looks incapable of instilling any confidence in them or changing a game to rescue a losing situation.
David Hardman recalls the tumultuous recent history of January 2022
Another massive test was failed by Frank Lampard and his motley crew of Everton players as they huffed and puffed to a miserable defeat at the London Stadium.
A long and disappointing day, but we are not done yet, despite the strange looks I get from my family and friends. The win has to happen at some point and Everton have a habit of doing the unexpected rather than the expected. On we go.
If you believe in hitting rock bottom before the upturn can begin, we must be pretty close to that point now. (Don’t prove me wrong, Everton.)
Things do seem to be irreparably broken at Everton, at least in the short term. There are moves the hierarchy can make, either through decisive action by the owner, or humility and acceptance from others around him, but in the meantime, the fans have to stick both together and with whatever players are in that squad come 1 February
From the moment Everton threw away all the work it had taken to establish a slender half-time lead just 50 seconds into the second half, there was a haunting inevitability about the way this game would end up going
Everton took the lead against Southampton in this vital relegation clash but were stunned by two second-half goals from Ward-Prowse that left them and the Goodison crowd reeling as they staged a massive post-match sit-in.
My point is there is no such thing as a simple message (like "Sack the Board"). The consequences or what comes next are the real extent of the simple message.
This piece picks up on some of the themes in a recent article by Ell Bretland, All Together Now, reviewing the circumstances of the last few years that have brought Everton FC to the current watershed.
I just wish Joe Royle could have a word with Frank Lampard right now and point out what is blindingly obvious to me and that is we need to strengthen in midfield
There have been no good times under this Chairman, Board and Owner. Only near misses and falling short time and again. Faint hope extinguished annually. Now, Evertonians are mobilising and will use their voice to ensure change happens at the top because they have all had enough.
T.G. Jones is widely cited as the club’s finest centre-half, with the next generation of fans also holding Brian Labone in the highest of esteem. But let us not overlook Johnny Holt, the Little Devil
“This month” would be a more accurate description, as it took four matches throughout January 1988 to separate Sheffield Wednesday and Everton in the FA Cup.
Everton travel to Old Trafford this evening to take on Manchester United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.
When Lampard was appointed, the perception of Graham Potter was extremely favourable for many (including me) but the perception of Sean Dyche was negative. Bob Carlton compares their relative records.
That club is head and shoulders above us. Brighton that is. Brighton! Fair play to them on the night, they were exquisite. This wouldn't be the ending for Frank I want, it might be the one that we need to squirm our way out of this mess.
Tomorrow evening, Everton host Brighton and Hove Albion (nicknamed The Seagulls) the last of a run of festive season fixtures.
The star of this show was Demarai Gray, who produced one of his all-too-rare moments of brilliance to score an excellent goal that tied a typical Haaland effort and the Blues (looking pretty in Pink!) survived a tremendous City onslaught to steal a point from the Etihad.
Rob invites us to pick a club in the bottom half of the Premier League table, put ourselves as supporting that club for a day, and tell us if you think you will survive or not?
We are now in a desperate situation. Confidence is everything. The players are good enough to have us in mid table but Lampard has failed to get the best out of them.
Everton could not have got off to a better start with a goal from Mina after 7 minutes. But they allowed Wolves back in with dreadful defending at a corner, and then were exposed pressing for a late winner that Wolves got at the death on a lethal counter-attack.
This is the second of a series of articles in which I attempt to encapsulate the mood amongst the fans of visiting teams to Goodison Park over the remainder of the season. Game 2, as it were, is the visit of Wolves on Boxing Day.
Last Monday, people came from far and wide to pay their final respects to former Toffee, Neil Robinson who passed away suddenly on 24 November, at just sixty-five years of age.
Jay Harris takes a look at the members of the young England team that won the U20s World Cup back in 2017: Where are they now?
The death, at 88, of Mick Meagan this week reduces the illustrious cadre of players who contributed to Everton’s first post-war League Championship title to just five. Rob Sawyer and David France pay tribute to 'Chick'
While Everton were playing Newcastle on a Monday night, moves were afoot off the pitch that would see Duncan Ferguson sold to the Magpies in controversial fashion by then Blues owner, Peter Johnson
In April 2022, Rob Sawyer and Sarah from Mint Collective caught up with venerable Toffee, 93-year-old Tom Walker in a café near his home in Upton.
Joe Royle succeeds Mike Walker as Everton manager and, with the help of hero-in-waiting, Duncan Ferguson, marked his first game in charge with a memorable Merseyside derby victory at Goodison Park
Most would agree this Everton squad, although still short of quality, is collectively much stronger than last season’s. It is therefore the job of the manager and his coaching staff to get the best out of them.
Can afford to let him have more to turn things around or would retaining him be another instance of Everton hanging on to failing manager for too long?
Six months is a very long time in football. Frank Lampard has gone from being the toast of Goodison to a man whose future as Everton manager is in question just 15 games into what is supposed to be his first full season in charge. Not all the problems of his making but he quickly needs to show he has what it takes to mitigate them and keep this club afloat
Unless we invest properly in an attack capable of scoring goals, we will be relegated sooner rather than later.
The buck always ultimately stops with the manager and if, as seems likely, he survives the World Cup break with his job intact, Frank Lampard will be under enormous pressure to use the next six weeks to solve some of the glaring issues within the team he currently has
Everton returned to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth in the Premier League with an almost completely different team to the one that was beaten there on Tuesday but the result was painfully similar – another shocking three-goal defeat.
Everton were utterly dreadful at Bournemouth for the Third Round of the Carabao Cup despite a wonderful goal from Gray
Looking back to November 1989, a watershed for Everton after which they could no longer be considered a force at the top
This was a hiding from Leicester City, make no mistake. Criticism is justified and we should be expecting better,
Before tonight, Brendan Rodgers had failed to win on Everton’s home turf but his Leicester side played Everton off the park from start to finish
Everton struggled from the very first minute of their final home game before the Premier League goes on hiatus for the 2022 World Cup and it could have been a rout for rampant Leicester City, who ran the entire game.
A flavour of the mood amongst Leicester fans ahead of this weekend's fixture at Goodison Park
Today, 3 November, sees the 76th birthday of one of the unsung heroes of the Championship winning team of 1970.
In a recent post, Christine Foster drew an interesting line delineating the parts of the club she supported and the parts she didn't.
While this clash with a fairly porous but free-scoring Fulham promised goals, it didn’t end up producing any even if this was anything but a bore draw
Everton fashioned some pretty decent chances in a very lively first half, and should have been ahead, only to shrink back into what had to be a very effective defensive shell as Fulham threw everything bar the kitchen sink at them after the break to try and get the win.
A double-header against Manchester United in 1984-85 gave Everton the perfect opportunity to build on their win at Anfield and really make a statement
Performing live and unscripted in front of 40,000 people willing to judge you on every single move you make, is a pretty specialised art. Those doing it are not all the same, all have different needs to be able to do their best work. Alex Iwobi is a great example of that.
The Welshman's time at Everton got off to a dream start but he would later admit to ruing the decision to leave Goodison Park in search of first-team football in 1963
It was the first time I was taking my boy to Goodison Park for his first-ever game.
3-0, and what an excellent performance capped off with a couple of great team goals
The Blues doubled their home goals tally for the season in some style today with a dominant victory over Palace, the least team they put three past back in May
Everton secured a fine victory over a fractious and overly aggressive Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
If you don’t shoot, you can’t score. And if you don’t score, you can’t win matches. It really is that blindingly obvious and simple.
Everton travel to the North East to take on Newcastle United with Anthony Gordon and Dominic Calvert-Lewin returning to the starting line-up.
Two glorious chances squandered, then the softest of penalties for Kane not even reviewed by the VAR before Tarkowski treats Højbjerg for cramp and he goes on to score the killer goal for Spurs.
I can’t realistically see a path for clubs outside the current cartel of the Sky 6 seriously competing given the Profit and Sustainability regulations.
If there appeared to be an air of complacency after Alex Iwobi had swept Everton into an early lead, it was cleared rapidly by mistakes, defensive porousness and ruthless finishing from Erik ten Hag's side
Everton are at home to Manchester United looking for a third win in succession that would take them into the top half of the Premier League table
One of the notable things about our more successful sides over the past 20 years is the presence of partnerships all across the pitch. Baines and Pienaar on the left flank; Lescott or Distin and Jagielka in defence; Arteta and Cahill in midfield, etc.
As the move to Bramley-Moore Dock gets closer, it's starting to get emotional
Slim pickings this week as it’s usually International Break. In fact, the last time there wasn’t a break in early October was back in 1994, so let’s go there.
Back to nice round numbers this week in 2007 as Everton made the long trip to Kharkiv hoping to finally make progress in Europe
It wasn’t always pretty, by the end it was a little ragged, but this was a markedly better display than the one they put on in this fixture back in February and it helped extend the team’s unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions
Premier League action returns this weekend with Everton travelling to the South coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium
A look at the extent of Moshiri's financial commitment to Everton and the future financing options open to him
With the rapid progress being made on the new Everton Stadium project at Bramley-Moore Dock, I find it an ideal time to reflect on the time spent, and the highs and lows of the current home of Everton FC.
Celebrity Blue, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, has a namesake who is one of Everton’s greatest unsung heroes
If you’d said to me back in 1999 that this would be Everton’s last win at Anfield for 21 years and their last one in front of a crowd, I’d have said you were crazy.
A look at Everton's decision to outsource the commercial development of Bramley-Moore & the questions re funding that arise from that
Largely written off at one time by the bulk of the Everton fanbase, Alex Iwobi has undergone a metamorphosis unlike any in living Evertonian memory... and it has come just when the club desperately needed it
The bottom line is, if you make yourself difficult to beat, then you've always got a chance of nicking a win, and by shoring up our defence and improving our midfield options, we have certainly done that. It was a bit like a David Moyes win for Everton back in the day.
Realistically, Everton really needed to win today and win they did on the back of Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club. And what a lovely goal it was.
Everton secured their first win of the season over relegation strugglers West Ham United thanks to a fine strike by Neal Maupay for his first goal in an otherwise difficult match that was full of errors and could far too easily have gone the other way.
An ugly home defeat to Newcastle killed any momentum gained from a hard-won point against Manchester United the week before and marked the first time for this author where it felt like David Moyes had taken Everton as far as he could
According to CIES Football Observator Everton have three of the world’s best U-25 players in their roles
David recalls a nice emphatic derby victory from what seems like a very long time ago.
A natural tendency to favour players we have seen with our own eyes and the tactical evolution of football makes ranking players spanning many decades fraught with difficulty. But this cerebral, balding, defender, who played for Everton into his 39th year merits his place in the pantheon of great ‘number threes’
Everton travelled to Highfield Road hoping to build on Tony Cottee’s debut hat-trick.
Mainstream media outlets would have you believe our poor start points towards another grave struggle around the relegation zone and that Lampard’s job is under threat. However, this doesn’t align with the optimism that Evertonians have as Lampard enacts his plan.
My boy Zac may have been born unto this world on the day of the Jagielka derby. But I’m starting to believe that he was truly born a Blue on this derby day, 3 September 2022.
Liverpool piled on the pressure more or less throughout, but our team stood firm and held out for the draw. We applauded the team off before heading back to the car and away.
Frank Lampard’s Blues bridged a gap today on an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials and the fortitude of the Goodison Park “woodwork” was tested at both ends
Everton take on local rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season, and the first game since the closure of this summer's transfer window.
Overall, I give Lampard and Thelwell a 7 out of 10 for their efforts.
There have been clear signs of progress in the last two outings and, more importantly, Everton are picking up points away from home, something they didn't do nearly enough last season
Everton head to Elland Road for Round 5 of the Premier League, against Leeds United.
"I could see it in his eyes and in his big smile that Dave was now a fully-fledged Everton fan. I'm just sad that his love affair was too short."
Looking back at an early-season midweek fixture in August 1992 when Aston Villa were the visitors at Goodison Park
If 2022-23 is going to be another slog to avoid relegation, anything the team can collect on the road should be gratefully received. It’s hard not to feel despondent, though, at two precious points dropped
Everton dominated possession before taking a brilliant £60M lead through Gordon, who finished in style.
Everton battled to their first win of the season in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening when Gray got the only goal of the game to defeat Fleetwood.
A point was very welcome as was a goal scored by our player and I really enjoyed the game. Frank has quickened up our passing and this will improve again once we get a striker and a midfielder.
On balance, I’d say a draw was fair as Nottingham Forest contributed a lot to the game. And to be fair I was quite grateful for the draw at the end as it could have been a lot worse.
It’s still early days, the window is still open, but it’s hard not to feel uneasy even at this stage about Everton’s prospects for the season
Everton hosted Nottingham Forest for the first time in 23 years and battled to a late goal that secured their first point of a massively underwhelming season so far.
Looking back at the win over Manchester United in 2012 that sparked an 11-year run of opening-day fixtures without defeat for Everton
For most of last season, Anthony Gordon channeled the passion, desperation and energy of a fearful fanbase on the pitch. 2022-23 was supposed to be a season of further development for him at Goodison but a big-money offer from Chelsea has thrown up a hard choice for the club.
Frank Lampard might rue waiting as long as he did to make changes to a line-up that wasn't working but Amadou Onana showed the way forward with a mixed but hugely promising late cameo
T.P. Griffiths may have understandably been overshadowed at Everton by his countryman and fellow centre-half T.G. Jones but he enjoyed a distinguished career with some of the greatest clubs in the land
The first away game of the new season at Aston Villa ended in defeat as Everton lacked the confidence and desire to play forward for large periods.
An early assessment of how Everton are shaping up under Frank Lampard this season
Ronald Koeman is in charge, Wayne Rooney has returned and Everton are in Europa League action either side of a season-opener against Stoke City
A Blackburn Rovers fan attends a Premier League game in the city of Liverpool for the first time and is bowled over by the atmosphere at Goodison Park and the welcome he received by Evertonians
It's apparent to all what is required. Let's make sure we get that striker in because, as far as I can tell, especially with the other incoming additions, the rest of the squad will more than do.
Ye footballing gods, this succession of serious injuries isn’t funny. But despite the frustration of an opening-day defeat by the fine margins of a penalty decision, there were elements of this Everton performance that were genuine cause for optimism
This one's from the heart as it's about my father-in-law's battle with stage IV cancer. Everton have given us hope during tough times and with the new campaign kicking off, we know that better days are coming!
Looking back at similarly unsettling times as today as Joe Royle struggled to reproduce the promise of his first few months in charge at Goodison Park
Depleted Everton kicked off the 2022-23 season with a ridiculous game that saw Godfrey seriously injure his leg through his own stupidity.... and it just went downhill with a plethora of game-destroying stoppages.
In their final pre-season friendly, Everton's new signings showed they may bring enough freshness to inspire improvement in the strictly limited group of players that remain the core of Lampard's poor retinue.
It looks as though we could be starting the season with hardly any new players, and with just four pre-season games under our belt. That represents a self-imposed points deduction.
Farhad Moshiri has restated his commitment to Everton but, without any tangible change in how the club is run from the top, there is little hope it can make any meaningful strides towards realising the owner's stated ambitions from six years ago.
Grant Ingles. How has he escaped our wrath so far? Like our owner, he is a Chartered Accountant. In common with the rest of our Board, he has no commercial experience in the real world.
Whom could Everton still target as attractive options are being snapped up by rival clubs?
Speaking exclusively to ToffeeWeb, "Tarky's" former Oldham Athletic team-mate describes what the new signing can bring to Everton and it's a lot more than your typical no-nonsense centre-back
The strategic review has lead to a new Director of Football at the club and a new manager, along with several new coaches. This does feel like a genuine possibility to get things right at Everton.
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