Everton: Lampard plan involving Duncan Ferguson 'hasn't worked'

Part of the reason new Everton manager Frank Lampard kept Duncan Ferguson on his coach staff was to get striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin performing ‘at his best’, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The legendary figure has been part of the backroom staff at Goodison Park since 2014 following a three-year stint as the club’s Under-18’s assistant manager.

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It’s been an extremely difficult season for everyone associated with Everton despite their fast start under former manager Rafa Benitez.

Under the Spanish tactician’s tutelage, the Toffees lost just one of their opening seven Premier League games, sparking hope of a genuine push for European football.

However, Benitez was relieved of his duties in January following a run of one win of 13 top-flight fixtures, with Lampard coming in as his successor soon after.

And the ex-Chelsea boss outlined the importance of having Ferguson on his coaching staff during his first press conference since taking charge of the club.

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“He’s a club legend,” said Lampard. “He’s a person the players’ respect, the club respect, the fans respect, and I can only help myself from tapping into his experience and knowledge.”

But Everton are yet to experience a significant change in fortunes under the new regime and are currently hovering just one place above the relegation zone.

What has Jones said about Calvert-Lewin?

Jones has revealed that getting Calvert-Lewin back on top form was behind Lampard’s thinking when retaining Ferguson’s expertise.

He told GiveMeSport: “Part of the reason that Duncan Ferguson is there at Everton was because Lampard was under the belief that there was a good rapport between Ferguson and Calvert-Lewin, and that was the best way to get him at his best and to keep him happy.

“It hasn’t worked so far, so they need to find a way to get Calvert-Lewin, one on the pitch, and two, scoring.”

How has Calvert-Lewin been performing?

Last term, Calvert-Lewin enjoyed the most productive campaign of his career, registering 21 goals and five assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.

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Yet he’s struggled to hit the same heights this time around. After bagging a single strike in each of Everton’s opening three league games of the season, injuries and a lack of form have seen him go eight games without a goal.

In fact, Calvert-Lewin last found the back of the net on 28 August, and Lampard will surely be hoping Ferguson’s presence can finally spark an upturn in the England international’s performances.

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