Frank Lampard secured Everton’s Premier League status as his side produced a stunning comeback to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park on Thursday evening.
Goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew put Palace ahead at half time as the Everton faithful feared the imminence of yet another defeat. However, thanks to what I can only describe as a stroke of managerial genius, Lampard’s Everton struck back thanks to goals by Michael Keane and Richarlison before Dominic Calvert-Lewin finished off a heroic fightback.
It was only Calvert-Lewin’s second goal since August, but the striker is unlikely to score a more important one in his career as he ensured the Toffees remain in England’s top flight for at least another season. The club also continues its 68-year tenure in the top flight - the second-longest stay after Arsenal.
Credit Must Go To Super Frank
Bedlam erupted after the final whistle as adoring fans stormed onto the pitch, embraced the players, and set off flares releasing blue smoke. Calvert-Lewin may have scored the decisive goal, but all the credit has to go to Super Frankie Lampard.
Lampard has shown tremendous courage and, for me, is a future England manager as well as a future coaching legend. The Toffees looked dead and buried only a few months ago with underperforming players and a disgruntled fanbase, but the Chelsea legend has turned things around in the short time he’s been at the helm.
Recognition For The English Game
What is it about English managers that make them so good? If you ask me, it’s down to the quality of our league and the worldwide recognition of our game. Players from all over the world flock to the Premier League and dream of, one day, being coached by English managers. The best foreign coaches, including Klopp and Guardiola, were most likely tempted to come to England for a chance to face-off against our managers and learn more about how we play football.
It really is an honor that, considering the quality of overseas managers we’ve seen in the Premier League, they choose to come here and further their footballing education. I’m sure coaches like Lampard are already on the radar of elite clubs like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Barcelona, but those clubs will have to do a lot to entice the Chelsea legend away from the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.
New Generation Of British Managers
It’s comforting knowing that the future of our national sport is in such competent hands. Roy Hodgson may have retired, but a new generation of eminent coaches are ready to take his place. Whether it be Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, or Scott Parker, it seems as though there’s a golden generation of managers ready to take the Premier League, and English football in general, to new levels.
I challenge someone to look me in the eye and tell me that Frank Lampard won’t finish his career without being considered one of the greatest managers of all time. He has the playing pedigree, tactical nous, and charm with the media to do great things in the dugout, and I’m incredibly excited to see how his career unfolds.
Lampard described the comeback against Palace as one of the greatest evenings of his entire career. Though Everton’s owners should be embarrassed that they came so close to relegation, all credit must go to their manager for his ability to produce results at a tough time.
Great things are happening in English football. A World Cup victory is a near-certainty, the Premier League is dominating European competitions, and a new breed of elite managers are taking our national sport to soaring new heights.
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