Journalist Paul Brown insists he has ‘reservations’ over a deal to appoint Frank Lampard to Everton because he is comparable to Roberto Martinez.
The club have reportedly placed the former England international on their shortlist as they attempt to replace Rafael Benitez.
What’s up with Everton?
The Toffees sacked Benitez earlier this month and are now apparently close to appointing his replacement.
The club currently sit 16th in the Premier League table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Duncan Ferguson was in caretaker charge this weekend as the Toffees lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
The Guardian have reported that the Scot is set for a third and final interview with the Toffees about him which would see him potentially earning the permanent role at the club.
But he is joined by Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira and Lampard, who has been out of work since leaving Chelsea last year, as the club close in on a main contender.
Lampard was sacked by the Blues in January, having won once in five Premier League appearances, with the club in ninth place in the league.
It came after a huge outlay the summer before when over £220million was spent on Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.
Brown pointed out that the Blues struggled late in his tenure as their style of play devolved into slow play and a general lack of momentum.
It was different from his first season, when Chelsea qualified for the Champions League after finishing in the top four.
What did Brown say?
Speaking to GiveMeSport, he said: “I have reservations because I remember how it ended at Chelsea. There is a bit of similarity between Lampard at Chelsea and Martinez at Everton.
“Lampard started very well, came into the club when they were in a difficult position at a difficult time, galvanized them, played good things, brought in new players and won a lot of praise. but in the end, I think the teams had started working on him and he was struggling to get the team to play with the same kind of drive.
“It had become very, very one-dimensional, very slow, and all the good things that had happened the previous season had stopped.”
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Is Lampard a good potential date?
It is a risk.
Lampard only ever managed Derby County and Chelsea and his success was somewhat limited.
He guided the Blues to Europe and the FA Cup final, but he couldn’t knock Derby out of the Championship and into the Premier League.
The ex-English star has also been unemployed for over a year.
Considering Ferguson is also on the shortlist and has the experience of truly galvanizing the Toffees side, one has to think the Scotsman should be the favourite.
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