Louis Saha claims that Frank Lampard didn’t do enough as Chelsea manager to warrant taking charge of Everton, suggests he WASN’T their first choice and adds: ‘I don’t think he was a better match than Wayne Rooney’
- Louis Saha feels Frank Lampard didn’t deserve to become Everton manager
- Saha believes that Derby boss Wayne Rooney would have been a better fit
- Lampard’s Everton are in danger of relegation following woeful form
Louis Saha believes that Frank Lampard didn’t prove himself enough during his time in charge of Chelsea to justify him becoming Everton manager.
Lampard was appointed as Everton boss on January 31 and has lost eight of his 12 games in charge so far, with his team just one point above the relegation zone.
Everton have some tough games coming up, starting with Saturday’s home game against Manchester United, and Saha feels that it was the wrong decision to appoint Lampard.
Louis Saha believes Frank Lampard didn’t do enough to deserve becoming Everton manager
Speaking to Boylesports, Saha, who played for Everton between 2008 and 2012, said: ‘When he signed on to be manager of Everton I thought, yes he was a great player, he has done some good stuff at Derby, but I didn’t think he’d done enough to suggest he deserved to be manager of a team like Everton after the spell he had with Chelsea, who were playing in the Champions League.’
Saha believes that former Everton striker and current Derby boss Wayne Rooney would have been a better fit to take charge at Goodison Park. He also claimed that Lampard wasn’t Everton’s first-choice option.
Saha says ex-Everton striker and current Derby boss Wayne Rooney would’ve been a better fit
Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January 2021 after his side struggled for consistency
He said: ‘I didn’t think he was a better match than Wayne Rooney. Wayne was obviously aware of things going on in the club.
‘Obviously Frank was available. He’s a good guy and has good skills in communication, but it’s a tough job to do and sometimes you need luck and he hasn’t got that at the moment.
‘I was not super enthusiastic about him as I didn’t think he was the number one choice.’
Lampard’s first managerial job was at Derby, and he guided the Rams to the Championship play-off final, where they were beaten by Aston Villa.
In the summer of 2019 Lampard was appointed as Chelsea boss. The Blues finished fourth in the former midfielder’s first season in charge and reached the FA Cup final but lost to Arsenal.
Former Everton striker Saha says he ‘was not super enthusiastic’ about Lampard taking charge
After some disappointing results, Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January 2021 and he remained out of work for a year before heading to Everton.
The Toffees are on a woeful run having lost five of their last six games in all competitions, which included a 3-2 defeat to relegation rivals Burnley.
After facing United they will play Leicester at home, Liverpool away and Chelsea at home, with there being serious concerns about whether Everton will be able to avoid relegation.
Rooney, meanwhile, has received a considerable amount of praise for the job that he is doing in difficult circumstances at Derby.
Derby were deducted 12 points for entering administration and a further nine points for financial irregularities.
Although Derby are nine points adrift of safety, Rooney has been spoken highly of for coping with a small squad and having to be heavily reliant on youngsters.