Lampard out!  Everton sacked Frank as head coach.  Deservedly?

Over the past few weeks, the sacking of Frank Lampard has been in the air. A significant character in the history of English football started his coaching career at Derby well, went on to be promoted to his almost native Chelsea, and now he is being fired again, this time from Everton. Lampard fails to stay in his place for more than a year and a half, and at Everton he did not work even a year. So why was Frank fired?

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Lampard took over Everton in a not-so-good shape in January 2022, but the Englishman managed to breathe new life into the team in a short period of time, which saw the Toffees finish in a solid tenth place at the end of the 2021/22 season. Not to say that the results were impressive, but there were good moments, including a victory over Manchester United (1:0), a victory over Chelsea (1:0), but still there were more negative moments.

However, the club’s management continued to believe in Lampard, allowing him to prepare the team for the new season. Alas, it was a mistake. Six starting rounds did not bring a single victory, then the team scored six points in two matches, and then came a terrible stretch, which is hard to describe. For 13 matches, Everton won only once, in two more rounds there were draws, the rest were defeats.

The final point was the defeat in the match against a direct competitor – 0:2 with West Ham. After him, Everton dropped to 19th place in the Premier League table, which clearly does not correspond to the level of the club and squad.

A game

It often happens that a team is simply unlucky, which is why it does not get well-deserved points, but this is clearly not about the current Everton. Frank Lampard hasn’t been able to build a game in a year, and what’s even more frightening is that he didn’t even try to do it. Lampard, at the start, more or less taught the team how to defend with a low block, thanks to which Everton often lost with dignity, and somewhere even gnawed points from the giants, but this was the only positive moment that Frank can bring to his asset. Feeling this, Frank resorted to the “bus” extremely often, which looked pathetic enough.

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Thanks to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who saw Everton concede just 28 goals, less than nine teams in the league, but this fact is of secondary importance compared to 15 goals scored, the worst result of any team. Everton had virtually no positional attack, and almost all the goals scored were the result of counterattacks, set-pieces or accidents. Lampard was helpless in the restructuring and mood of the team.

Conflicts

What could be worse than 19th place and no idea in the game? Well, of course, conflicts, which Lampard also failed to avoid. The ex-England midfielder lost control of the team, and one of the most revealing moments was a conflict in the dressing room with the team, which is why the defensive midfielder Abdoulaye Doukouré was first deleted from the application for the match, and later excluded from training with the team.

Now what?

It is unlikely that the team “leaked” Lampard, but I am sure that under any other coach it can play in a completely different way, much brighter and more confident. One of the contenders for the post is called club legend Leighton Baines, who currently manages the Everton youth team. And this time, it’s definitely important for the club’s bosses not to make a mistake with the coach, otherwise the “toffees” risk being relegated to the Championship for the first time since 1992.

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