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Everton: Greg O’Keeffe rules out Pochettino and Tuchel as next manager

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Greg O’Keeffe has claimed Everton have no chance of landing Mauricio Pochettino or Thomas Tuchel as a potential Frank Lampard replacement.

Everton and Lampard are going through arguably their worst run of form since he took over the club back in January, despite needing a penultimate-day win last season to confirm their status in the Premier League – and this has led to some questioning the manager’s future.

The worrying thing for Lampard is that he can no longer say this isn’t his squad, having signed six of the 11 players who started against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. However, people wanting him gone have to be more realistic with who Everton could replace Lampard with, according to O’Keeffe.

While speaking on the All Together Now podcast, O’Keeffe has claimed the idea of Pochettino or Tuchel coming in is ‘pie in the sky’ thinking.

He said: “I don’t think we’re in a position to attract – even if we did it now at 17th in the league before the World Cup, I think people who talk about Tuchel, people who talk about Pochettino, I think they’re pie in the sky. I think they’re kidding themselves.”

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It has been a challenge for Lampard since arriving at Everton, as star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has hardly ever been fit to play regular games, while he also saw Richarlison sold over the summer to ensure the club could balance their books.

However, it’s not really an excuse he can use, as players such as Dwight McNeil and Ruben Vinagre have failed to make serious impacts on the team, and given Everton’s financial situation, they can ill afford to waste money.

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While some fans may well want Lampard sacked as he’s failed to show signs of progress, we agree that to suggest managers such as Tuchel and Pochettino as potential replacements is fanciful at best as there’s no reason why they would take over a relegation-threatened side after managing in the Champions League for years.

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