Lampard in driving seat as next Everton manager

Lampard in driving seat as next Everton manager

Frank Lampard is touted to be the next coach of Everton. After years of playing and then coaching for a different Blue, Lampard may be taking over the one at Merseyside.

After a painful and ego-thrashing exit from Chelsea, the former Blues midfielder has taken time away from football to heal and refocus. However, if reports are anything to go by, the sacking did not sit well with Lampard, who was experiencing the short end of the coaching stick for the first time in his young career as a manager. According to Bet365, Lampard is now the frontrunner for the toffees’ open position after the sacking of Rafael Benitez, as Everton look to save what has been a very disappointing season.

Benitez was expected to be the man to steer the club into the European places, but the Spaniard could find no traction with his squad, and they find themselves tethering close to the bottom of the league table in sixteenth place.

A Toffee cult hero, Wayne Rooney turned down the opportunity to return to his boyhood club as a coach, electing to stay with his current club Derby County who is also currently mired in a relegation battle. It seemed Everton had their man in Vitor Pereira, until the fans stepped in to protest, and now Frank Lampard seems to be the man in pole position for the job with the fans’ approval as well.

Lampard has had a dark few months, as vacancies opened up and passed him by. Norwich needed someone to replace Daniel Farke and lined up Lampard, but it seemed the Englishman was not prepared for the interview, and management turned to Dean Smith.

Then Crystal Palace filled their spot with Patrick Viera, opting to approach the Frenchman. Newcastle also passed on the former Derby coach, opting for Eddie Howe, and then Aston Villa took their turn to pass on the man, giving their job to Steven Gerrard instead.

Former England boss Roy Hudgson had some words for Lampard, reminding him that you are not a coach until you are sacked.

As the Premier League takes a mini-break before returning to action, Everton will be looking to complete transfer business and have their new manager with the team by the time the next gameweek comes around. Lampard is the name on every lip, and it will be a massive return with a lot of pressure to deliver.