"Yet being a top player does not necessarily mean you are equipped to be a top manager – and I'm pretty sure Everton's hierarchy will be concerned by their decision to hire Lampard now.
"With just seven Premier League games left to play, I don't think they have a manager equipped to put out the relegation fire burning around them.
"The trouble was, Everton didn't have too many other options to turn to when they had a managerial void to fill – and Lampard ended up getting the job on the back of his status in the game.
"Look at his managerial record and tell me how he qualified to manage a club of Everton's stature and history?
"Lampard didn't do too much in his time in charge of Derby, got the Chelsea job on the back of his legendary status at that club – and was fired after failing to make progress with them.
"Thomas Tuchel then took over from Lampard at Chelsea and quickly set about getting a tune out of a squad that had lost its way, with the novice manager he replaced exposed by the success his successor inspired.
"Then, somehow, Lampard became the overwhelming choice of Everton fans to replace Benitez and at the time, I didn't understand why."
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