Frank Lampard reacts to criticisms about his ability to save Everton from relegation

Frank Lampard says he simply “doesn’t buy into” the idea of a manager requiring experience of life at the bottom, to be qualified for a relegation scrap.

And instead, the new Everton boss believes it is more about a coach’s ability under pressure, and his game plan and philosophy which is the key to leading teams out of trouble.

With the Blues very much engaged in a fight at the wrong end of the table, some have questioned the England great’s knowledge of such situations.

But after a fine win over Leeds, he responded: “I don’t think there is a written rule, you can be a manager who has or hasn’t been involved in it. I just don’t buy into it as such.

“It is what you want to give to the role and the methods you can find to get results in the team. It is as simple as that.”

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Frank Lampard insists he is the right man for the job at Everton

Lampard showed he has the ability to motivate his team and give them renewed confidence, with a 3-0 win over Leeds, that saw the Blues adopt different tactics of pressing far higher up the pitch.

It produced a more dynamic performance which got the famously passionate Goodison crowd behind the team, and Lampard says it is the reaction to adversity which is the greatest quality.

“I don’t mean to sound egotistical, but I played a lot of years of top level football,” he explained.

“In my 20 odd years of football, if you want to skim it quickly you can see the successes, but if not you can look at some of the difficult moments personally and collectively with the team.

“They come at you, and I always had a way of dealing with them as a player which was to dig in, work harder and things hopefully will turn for you if you do the right things.

“That is my mantra as a manager and that is what I will pass through to the squad.”

He isn’t looking just at the short-term either: once Everton’s Premier League future is secure, he aims to take them back towards the top.

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“I want us to have more high intensity and to repeat that regularly to be a better team, so all those things will hopefully make the performances better and help us move up the table,” he added.

“We have to get every detail right, we have to implement as quickly as we can the things we feel can make us better and I have a belief in the squad.

“If I didn’t believe I could come in and make those changes then it wouldn’t have been the job for me. But I firmly believe it is and I will work as hard as I can with the players to find a way to help us stay up in this league, progress, play better and move up the table.”

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