Can Lampard create a dynasty at Everton?


The nightmare reign of Rafa Benítez at Everton is over – he lasted just six months. It was doomed to fail, not least because he was ex-Liverpool, but due to lack of funds available and a tremendous amount of injuries Everton have sustained through out the season.


After a short while looking for a new manager, where club legend Wayne Rooney was a target, it came down to Frank Lampard and Vitor Pereira. Pereira led the way but an outcry from fans and Twitter backlash, saw that come to an end and ‘Lamps’, was appointed the Toffees’ new manager.


In my opinion, this feels like a perfect fit for both manager and club. If afforded the time, Super Frank, can build a legacy at Everton and make the club his own. He’ll have transfer pull, he’s shown he trusts in youth products, Anthony Gordon’s role in their 3-0 win over Leeds United is evidence of this, and it feels like the right appointment at the right time.


He’ll need to weed out the players he doesn’t want – and hope that he can get the backing to rebuild the squad. The loan signings they made in January are a great start for this as this look to save their place in the Premier League. Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli will bolster that Everton midfield that’s been struggling. Calvert Lewin is coming back, and you would hope he is able to re find his form from previous seasons. They’ve struggled for goals, so he’ll be a focal point. It’s a shame Yerry Mina is out for a bit, but they should have enough cover at the back to shore up their defence.


We know Lampard has the ability to manage. We’ve seen it at Derby County, and we’ve seen at Chelsea. It didn’t work out for him at the latter; however, he clearly laid the groundwork for their Champions League win under Tuchel and that shouldn’t go unnoticed.


He is in his 40s, so he’s got plenty of time on his side and I think the future is bright for him. They may have lost to Newcastle last week, another team on the up, which being that that was a relegation sort of battle may prove to be definitive at the end of the season - but I’m certain Everton have enough to get out of trouble.


Might be a bit soon for talk of Europe but they are still in the FA Cup and face giant killers – Boreham Wood in the next round. They should realistically be looking at a quarter-final berth from that fixture.


But what Lampard needs to do first and foremost is solidify for this year and then have a good summer by getting the players he wants and creating his team from there.


I hope and wish Frank all the best in the job and hope that he can get the club back to where it should be in – challenging for Europe and for the top six. Add into that the impressive new stadium, now is certainly an ideal time to start building a new legacy with the club.


The future could be oh so bright for the Toffees.


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