May 18, 2024

Everton Football Club relieved manager Frank Lampard of his duties earlier this week in what was the latest action indicating the troubling times at the club.

Lampard’s sacking came on the back of a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham which left Everton level on points with Southampton at the bottom of the PremierPINC League table.

As the week progressed, there were more signs of negativity throughout the club as the incoming loan signing, Arnaut Danjuma, having already completed a medical and certain media formalities ahead of an official announcement, changed his mind at the last minute in favour of Tottenham Hotspur.

Then came the news that the supposed number one choice to replace Lampard, Marcelo Bielsa, reported back to say the squad would need improving, specifically in terms of adding pace to the team, if he were to join. On the same day, a new report suggesting the club is up for sale emerged via the Guardian.

 

There is a string of negativity attached to the club at the moment, and while it is difficult to find any positives, there might be a few things for Everton fans and their club to cling to in this difficult time.

Chance to Implement a Strategy.

The departure of Lampard, a manager who wasn’t hired by current director of football Kevin Thelwell, in theory, gives Thelwell a chance to perform the most important part of his job and appoint the next manager.

 

There were reports that Bielsa was the choice of owner Farhad Moshiri, not Thelwell, which indicates the club has learnt nothing from its strategic review of football operations. Still, there is always a chance that Thelwell would also be in favour of the Bielsa hire and that he and the board are on the same page in this regard.

Everton has had plenty of chances to start building a for the future as far as their choice of manager and style of football is concerned, but have so far failed. Now is another chance to put this right.

 

Making Thelwell ultimately responsible for the managerial hiring would go some way to restoring normality at the club.

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