Lampard Aiming To Exploit Everton 'Magic'

Frank Lampard will harness the “magic” of Everton as he begins the process of steering the Club on a positive and united direction of travel.

Manager Lampard completed the initial stage of the job he accepted back in January when Everton beat Crystal Palace on Thursday to secure Premier League survival.

And for the first time in his embryonic reign, the former Chelsea boss, a unifying force as Everton contended with the spectre of relegation, can fully extend his thinking beyond the end of this campaign.

Lampard offered a characteristically level-headed assessment over the likely timeframe for a transition from survival fighters to silverware hunters.

The only immediate concern, he insists, is achieving forward steps, while retaining the all-for-one spirit that ultimately banished fears over the drop.

“[Winning something] is far away and the first thing for me [to improve] is the consistency of performance,” Lampard told evertontv.

“To follow a direction that everyone, not agrees on but feels that we’re going in the right direction.

"We’ve seen other clubs do it, but what we have here is a magic that not every club has, so if we can find that direction in certain footballing senses, then maybe we can have successes down the line.

“I’m not saying next year is going to be this or that. No, we want progression, we want to see a team play with that spirit and... a bit more quality.

“Those are the things I’ll certainly work for.”

Lampard discarded the pressing, dominating brand of football that was a hallmark of the teams he managed at Derby County and Chelsea, as Everton’s need for points grew more acute.

The capacity to adapt according to circumstances is a condition of success in football management, be it a slight tweak in-game, or across a couple of months in single-minded pursuit of a lone objective.

And Everton had no qualms over employing the height and physicality of Dominic Calvert-Lewin to ruffle Crystal Palace.

Balls were served at the striker from deep, while the home team swung 25 crosses into the box.

Over time, Lampard intends to progressively shift the playing style to reflect the ideals he shares with Everton supporters.

"Who cares about styles of football tonight [against Palace]?” said Lampard.

“We were direct in the second half, but that style was needed for the moment... and with the players we have.

“We needed heart and fire and we found those things.

Frank Lampard
What we have here is a magic that not every club has, so if we can find that direction in certain footballing senses, then maybe we can have successes down the line.

“We’ll look at the style. We have time to work now.

“When you come in mid-season, you don’t get time to work.

“I want the squad to be more robust, to not have so many injuries and to be able to pick from a fuller squad.

“There are so many things I want but they don’t all come at once.

“We’ll work step by step to try to get them.”

Lampard can start planning for next term reassured over his players’ hunger and fight.

Confronted by the very real possibility of the Club falling out of England’s top division after 68 years, Everton produced a sequence of results more befitting a team aiming for Champions League football.

The past eight matches have featured four wins and two draws – only three sides have obtained more than Everton’s 14 points over the same period – and the combination of needle and ambition and aggression that goes down very well with the Club’s supporters.

“The scenes you see at the end are [the result of] everyone coming together for a period of time and it showed huge character,” added Lampard, whose side conclude their Premier League campaign at Arsenal on Sunday.

“There are things we can improve, I know that and I knew it coming in.

“I know from working with the group, we’ll do everything we can to improve.

“I certainly will because you want to be better… but when your back’s against the wall, they’re the most beautiful moments in football.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re fighting to stay in the Premier League or fighting to get in the Champions League or win the Premier League.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re fighting for, it matters that you fight, and didn’t they fight.”