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Forty-one weeks after losing his job at Burnley, our former manager Sean Dyche is back in football having been appointed as the new Everton manager today in a deal until the end of the 2024/25 season.

Lampard was dismissed four days ago, this after a weekend defeat at West Ham had seen them drop to 19th place and above bottom of the league Southampton only on goal difference. It means he’s going into Goodison Park as they face a major battle to stay in the Premier League although they do remain just three points behind Leicester who are currently in fourteenth place.

His appointment has come with mixed emotions from the supporters. Yesterday, it seemed as if it was a battle between Dyche and Marcelo Bielsa. I might be biased but if I was an Evertonian looking at their current position, it wouldn’t be the former Leeds boss I’d be wanting at my club.

Roberto Martinez was the Everton boss when Dyche moved into Turf Moor. Since Martinez, they’ve been under the charge of Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard with both former Claret David Unsworth and new Forest Green boss Duncan Ferguson having caretaker spells.

It was last April that we beat Everton 3-2 at home to lift hopes of avoiding the drop. We couldn’t have known then that by the next time we played at home we’d have a caretaker boss of our own but just over a week later, Dyche was sacked and I think it’s fair to say that, despite suffering relegation, we are very much on the up again with Vincent Kompany.

Maybe it was time for him to go, maybe it had gone stale, but we can never forget the wonderful job he did as Burnley manage and I, for one, think Everton have made a very good decision today in appointing him. He deserves the chance at a bigger club than Burnley; he deserves this chance.

Joining him at Everton are Ian Woan, an Evertonian himself, Steve Stone and Mark Howard.

I wish Sean all the very best, and if he keeps them up then I look forward to giving him the ovation he deserves when he brings them to the Turf next season for a Premier League game. Having said that, it might need to be early season given Everton’s over eagerness to pull the trigger.

Good luck Sean.

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