So it seems that on the say-so of the rowdy ramblers with their hoods up on Goodison Road, Frank Lampard Jr has become the most unlikely icon of the resistance to the rule of Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright.
Lampard mustn’t be able to believe his luck. None of the candidates had any leverage whatsoever and that was underlined by Vitor Pereira ringing in to Sky Sports and only just stopping short of pleading: ‘She’s took the weens!’
With one waft of a spray can though, ‘Lamps’ now holds all the cards in his negotiations. Pereira, with his twice as many Portuguese titles as Bruno ‘Eddie’ Lage at seventh-placed Wolves, has got not a prayer, while Duncan Ferguson must have know the jig was up when they didn’t just let him continue until the end of the season. They’ve dragged him down to London for fuck all there.
Hopefully he can put the train fare on exies or he’s going to be fuming.
The point has been laboured beyond belief here that you pretty much find a reason to discount any manager if you want to. The inexperienced who haven’t done enough, or the ones who have actually had a career and so, because it’s sport, will have some failures in with the highlights.
There’s also a weird thing with football managers where it’s assumed that they never change or learn. The perceptions of them are preserved in aspic. That’s why, for instance, there were objections to Roberto Martinez, manager of the number one side in international football. The assumption is that if he’d have come back he would have had Ben Godfrey doing Cruyff turns in the box and re-signed Aroune Kone and Antolin Alcaraz (and not loads of boss young Belgians).
Insert ‘they are probably still better than Rondon and Keane’ joke just about here.
The point here is that you simply can’t know with any certainty whatsoever how the chemistry is going to be between a club, a manager, a fanbase and a squad of players at any given time. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all that.
By the same token, let’s face it, Lampard’s record is pretty ropey. In fact, when an opposition player commented that ‘We knew that Chelsea always switch off at set-pieces’ in a game just before he was sacked, and prior to Thomas Tuchel completely transforming that squad’s form overnight, it was hard to see how he would get another top job.
But obviously that was disregarding the wildcard Everton factor.
Hopefully, Lampard’s learned from those experiences and is a better coach now as a result. He’s meant to be a bright enough fella so there’s no reason to believe he hasn’t.
Most importantly though, for the short-term at least, there seems enough goodwill towards him – because he’s on the telly a lot and looks good in a gilet – that everyone will get behind him and Goodison can get back to screaming at the opposition and not the bench, because man alive that’s what’s required right now.