Frank Lampard has many of his good callings as well as his bad ones


These are the two most important months Everton have faced in their recent history, and perhaps also their distant history, and the way Frank Lampard navigates them will not only affect the life of the club. This old ministry but also the current management career, for better or for worse, are caught up in a common fate.

The election has never been more damaging than it is now, as a new three-year cycle of the latest Premier League broadcasting deal is worth around £10.3bn (12.2bn euros), a standard Another new standard. Everton has never embarked on a capital-scale project as large as the new stadium that awaits a few miles from Goodison Park.

The club has never spent the money in which owner Farhad Moshiri has invested, and has so far recouped very little.

Tonight’s trip to Newcastle United has fundamental significance for Everton’s season, with the team not having to play at home again in the Premier League until Manchester United’s visit 23 days later.

Three alternating games, starting with an FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace and then two away trips to West Ham and Burnley, form a streak that could save the season or break it, before a Cruel streak began with United.

A tumultuous year is coming to a dramatic end. It’s not that Everton have survived consecutive seasons at the top of any other club save Arsenal, it’s that they have survived before by leather. The most recent was in 1998 by goal difference, then four years earlier in a famous final day win over Wimbledon, and before that in 1980 by a four-point margin.

Their survival streak is much more sacred because Everton have been relegated and survived.

Falling into the hands of Lampard in January has pushed the future to the top of Everton. The team hasn’t scored in the last four games, but the problem at the back has begun. He took over a club with low morale and lost two of his best defenders in his first two games – Ben Godfrey against Brentford in the FA Cup and then a loss to St James Park in February 8 took Yerry Mina’s life.

Since then, the struggles have been evident in four losses at the tournament, one win and just one clean sheet. He switched to a three-man position at the back, in his most recent loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, as opposed to a four-man formation when he conceded five games against Spurs.

If the January transfer window can be rerun, especially given Mina’s fate, it will be part of the team that will take precedence.

Lampard finds himself making compromises that all managers in his position must make, between telling the hard truths and trying to maintain the fragile confidence that remains to keep the team going. His development.

He is at a pivotal moment for his own career. Relegation is not necessarily the end, but it could work against him in the future. There had been other options for him in the months leading up to his appointment, with strong interest from Rangers and then Norwich City, but this was the mid-season challenge he wanted most.

Everton’s decline, although the investment over the past six years has been long and complex, the convergence of factors now for the club and the manager is clear.

Everton has made it clear that no parts of the club are owned by Russian-Uzbek tycoon Alisher Usmanov, and that has been reflected in the property listed by the UK government. His friend Moshiri now owns more than 94% of the club, with an investment of £450m (536m euros) with no return clause and a large part of that has been converted into equity .

The loss in the last two financial years, totaling £252m (€211m), is the heaviest loss in the Premier League. The club have indicated that there will be no issue with compliance with the federation’s financial fair play regulations in their next annual results, to be released this month. Around £40 million (€47 million) spent on fees on the new stadium will be offset from that calculation.

The new stadium is the crossroads for the club. It needed Moshiri’s investment to start the process, including backfilling the Bramley-Moore pier, while a loan of around £350 million (€416 million) was sought to finance the construction. build the ground. The club are understood to be confident they can borrow on the spot and have rejected suggestions that they are seeking funding for anything other than building the stadium and repaying a net debt of around £2. .3 million pounds (2.7 million euros).

Borrowing in place for all or part of the new stadium, with the steel for the site slated to arrive in the summer, adds an extra layer of security to the club. Although above all, the possibility of relegation looms.

That would take around £70m (€83m) of Everton’s broadcast income all of a sudden. It will require more than everyone involved, not least Moshiri. Who knows what effect it will have on the market in which Everton may apply for new sponsorship of their stadium.

All of that adds pressure, reinforced from all sides, on managers and players.

It was not a small amount of pressure on Lampard’s predecessors, in terms of prestige and partly financially, when they were close to being relegated. A big club going straight to home with the prospect of falling is essentially a place of worry, anxiety. But the stakes for the 2021-22 season are a lot bigger.

For Lampard, in his new profession, the good calls as well as the bad calls, affect them a lot. (© Telegraph Media Group Limited, 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Frank Lampard has many of his good callings as well as his bad ones

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