Tuesday, July 16

New Everton manager Lampard brings the smiles back to Goodison Park


Frank Lampard was granted a privilege never afforded to his unpopular predecessor Rafael Benitez as Everton’s new manager brought smiles back to a previously toxic and gloomy Goodison Park, BBC reported.

According to the British news portal, Lampard’s name echoed thunderously around the stands of the old stadium Everton controlled what ended as a comfortable FA Cup fourth round victory over Brentford.

It was a moment of release from supporters never once allowed the name of the former Liverpool manager to pass their lips in any public show of affection.

The toxicity which has characterised recent games here, particularly the home losses to Liverpool and Aston Villa, was swept away by Lampard’s animated presence in the technical area and the enjoyment of the best win for any Everton manager in his first game, BBC further reported.

Everton’s supporters have been in revolt recently, even registering their displeasure when the name of Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira was floated as owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred choice ahead of 43-year-old Lampard. In the end, Lampard got the volatile Moshiri’s seal of approval and while this was only one day and much bigger challenges await, it would be churlish to take away the sheer joy Everton and their fans – as well as their clearly elated manager – took from this 4-1 victory, writes BBC’s Phil McNulty.

One win will not make it all better and there remains a disconnect between many Everton fans and the club’s hierarchy – but this was as good a day as they have enjoyed this season.

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