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Everton: Ange Postecoglou is a dream Lampard heir

Everton have sacked yet another manager, and just over a year on from their last dismissal, they once again find themselves scrambling to acquire the next unfortunate candidate to overtake a club rotten to the core.

Frank Lampard was a likeable man, but admittedly struggled when it came to the tactical side of the game. As such, his team was left without any patterns of play or clear identity, which they suffered for.

A vast shortlist is likely being drawn up by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and sporting director Kevin Thelwell, with the latter likely having to battle to retain control over the selection process.

One name that cropped up in the early hours of yesterday morning was Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, with the Australian having earned huge praise for his work in returning the Bhoys to the top of Scottish football.

The 57-year-old was drafted in to replace Neil Lennon in 2021 and has since reinstated the club as Scottish champions. This adds to his impressive collection of honours that span all across Japan and his homeland.

Boasting immense tactical flexibility, the high-octane coach took the Premiership by storm with his aggressive style of football that affords the opposition no time to think.

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To imagine that style under lights at Goodison Park is to envision what perfection might look like for an Evertonian, who have hardly been treated to many displays worth shouting about.

What will also entice fans of the Toffees is the comments made of him by a former managerial rival in the J1 League, Toru Oniki.

He claimed:

“As a leader, I think he is one of the coaches who is a goal and a guideline to aim for,” before continuing: “He is playing attractive football overseas.”

This is converted into tangible results though, making him a boss that should be truly well sought-after. During his time at the helm of the Hoops, he boasts a 75% win rate whilst averaging 2.34 wins per game.

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What’s even more exciting is that they do it whilst scoring 2.75 goals per match too.

Postecoglou also utilises a fine transfer policy, initially returning to his old league to snatch a few of the homeland stars who have since gone on to be instrumental in the implementation of his policies.

Any manager who plays aggressive football will likely get a pass from most Everton fans, although it remains to be seen whether anyone can get that kind of tune from a squad that has let down so many managers before.

Regardless, the pedigree and philosophy of the Aussie ticks all the boxes for the Merseyside outfit. It just may be a struggle to prise him from what is likely a far more rewarding job.