Why family values make Frank Lampard the ideal candidate for Everton
It’s a happy first Father’s Day as Blues boss for Frank Lampard today, with the manager enjoying an instant bond with the Goodison Park faithful since joining in late January and much of that personality credited as coming from his own footballing father. After Lampard’s side beat Brentford 4-1 in their first game in charge, his wife Christine took to Instagram to confirm that she and her children are ‘part of the Everton family’, sharing a photo of the couple’s son Freddie and daughter Patricia wearing the Everton replica. shirts.
It now makes doting dad Lampard, who also has two teenage daughters Luna and Isla from a previous relationship with Elen Rivas, ‘an Everton Da’ himself and he has mentioned his two young children at Blues press conferences. When Everton were denied what looked like a blatant kick after Manchester City’s Rodri handled the ball in his own area at the end of the Premier League champions’ 1-0 success at Goodison Park, Lampard said to reporters: “I have a three-year-old daughter at home who could tell you it’s a penalty.
Whatever Father’s Day gifts Lampard might open today, his team have yet to receive any gifts from the FA with an apology from the head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), Mike Riley, their now bringing tangible benefits and the Everton manager subsequently being fined £30,000. for comments made on a challenge in which Anthony Gordon fell in the area against Liverpool at Anfield but was not awarded a penalty, an incident for which the PGMOL again said they had ‘no complaints’ if the referee had pointed the spot.
In March, while previewing Everton’s home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Lampard mentioned his son when asked if he had watched Wolves’ 4-0 win over Watford the night before. He said: “It was my son’s first birthday yesterday, who flew by. I was juggling, like we do as parents, all of us sometimes – he obviously doesn’t know about his birthday – to do the family thing but watch the games of course.
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