The football world wasn’t exactly shocked when Everton removed their manager Frank Lampard on January 23rd. The only real surprise was that it had taken the Merseyside club so long to move on.
The former Derby County and Chelsea boss was sacked with the club firmly in the relegation zone. The Toffees were only kept off the very bottom, due to Southampton’s weaker goal difference.
Lampard is gone, but the question now is whether Everton can survive.
As it Stands
As the Premier League season reached the halfway point, Southampton, Everton, and Bournemouth were the teams occupying the three relegation slots. Of those clubs, Bournemouth are listed as favourites to go down, followed by Everton then Southampton.
Other sides who may yet get dragged into a relegation scrap include West Ham United, Wolves, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.
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New Manager Bounce?
There are a number of well-worn sayings in football. For those that are yet to become familiar with the new manager bounce, this term is used whenever a team responds positively to the arrival of their latest head coach.
We’ve already seen this in action in the Premier League this season. Back in November,
Wolves appointed former Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui with the club languishing in the relegation zone.
The players have responded well and Wolves are currently out of the bottom three. For every good news story, however, there is an opposite side. Bottom of the table Southampton have also changed their manager, but results have been worse under new arrival Nathan Jones.
Everton will be hoping that their squad reacts positively to whoever is placed in charge, but there will clearly be no guarantees.
Like all teams in danger of dropping down to the Championship, Everton will need to beat the teams around them while picking up whatever they can against the bigger clubs. Everton begin February with a home game against leaders Arsenal and, if the Toffees have a new manager in charge by that point, it will be a tough baptism.