Ange Postecoglou tops 'Everton's wish list' to replace Frank Lampard

Ange Postecoglou is ‘top of Everton’s wish list’ to replace Frank Lampard with Blues hierarchy impressed by Aussie’s ‘fast and attractive football’… and he will come up against the Toffees on Sunday in Sydney

  • Everton are a point above the relegation zone after losing 3-0 to Bournemouth
  • The Toffees have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions 
  • Frank Lampard is odds-on to be the next Premier League manager sacked 
  • And Ange Postecoglou has emerged as the leading candidate to replace him
  • DOMINIC KING: Everton’s problems run deeper than Frank Lampard
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Ange Postecoglou has reportedly emerged as the leading contender to replace Frank Lampard at Everton, should the former Chelsea manager be sacked.

After narrowly avoiding the drop last season, the Toffees are again flirting with relegation and head into the World Cup break in 17th place, just one point clear of Nottingham Forest.

Everton were hammered 4-1 at Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and lost 3-0 to the Cherries on Saturday in their second trip to the Vitality Stadium in four days.

Ange Postecoglou has reportedly emerged as the favourite to take over at Everton 

After a run of six unbeaten games in the Premier League, the Blues have now lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions heaping pressure on Lampard, who only took over at Goodison Park in January.

According to reporter Alan Nixon, the former England star’s job is on the line and Everton have already identified Postecoglou as the ideal man to replace him.

Nixon wrote in his Patreon that Everton’s hierarchy has been impressed by Postecoglou’s ‘fast and attractive football’ and by his ‘straight-talking’ approach. 

Incidentally, Postecoglou and Lampard share the same agent – CAA Base – and will meet in Sydney on Sunday when Celtic face Everton in a mid-season friendly.

Frank Lampard’s Everton were comfortably beaten by Bournemouth on Saturday

The former Socceroos boss has enjoyed a dream start to his Celtic career, restoring the Hoops to the top of Scottish football at the first time of asking as Celtic wrestled back the league title from Rangers in his inaugural SPL campaign.

Celtic finished 25 points behind Rangers in 2021 and lost three of Postecoglou’s first six game in charge, before embarking on a 31-game unbeaten league run to reclaim the title and also won the Scottish League Cup final. 

The impressive results have led to keen interest from Premier League clubs – with Postecoglou linked with the top job at Brighton and Leicester. 

The Seagulls have since replaced the Chelsea-bound Graham Potter with Roberto De Zerbi, while Brendan Rodgers has at least temporarily put doubts over his future at Leicester to bed.

Postecoglou led Celtic to the title in his first season at Parkhead and their 10th in 11 years

The 57-year-old also won the League Cup in his inaugural campaign in charge of Celtic 

And Postecoglou himself appeared to rule himself out of a move to the Premier League, at least in the immediate future. 

‘Right at the moment, I’m really focused. I’ve got a massive job,’ he told Fox Sports last month. 

‘We’re just building a side here. And I’ve never looked too far ahead. […] And I’m enjoying it, we’re still building something here.

‘I don’t change that focus in respect to what outside noise there may be about myself.’ 

Everton fans reacted angrily at the final whistle and hurled matchday shirts back at the players

While the Celtic boss may have distanced himself from a move south of the border, Lampard’s future remains uncertain, particularly given Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s notorious trigger-happy nature.

The 44-year-old is now the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job and become the sixth casualty of the season.

Security had to intervene as furious Everton fans confronted the players who walked to the away end at full-time after the defeat against Bournemouth.

Lampard seemed to be trying to calm down the Everton supporters, some of whom hurled back matchday shirts towards the players, with Alex Iwobi one of the players targeted.

Lampard admitted fans had every right to be frustrated with the performances 

But the Everton boss admitted he could sympathise with the fans. 

‘I don’t mind those emotions,’ he said in his post-match interview. 

‘The fans have a right to be disappointed because they’ve come down here twice this week and seen poor performances and before that we’ve been going OK. 

‘And then they see that there are performances that they don’t like.’ 

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