Everton boss Lampard thanks Sharp, Reid after Prem safety: They always supported me | OneFootball
Everton boss Lampard thanks Sharp, Reid after Prem safety: They always supported me
Everton boss Frank Lampard is delighted for Farhad Moshiri after victory over Crystal Palace secured Premier League safety.
The Blues won 3-2 on Thursday - a result which keeps them up for another season.
Lampard said, "You could feel it change in the stadium. My constant fear was security. Don't let them get at us as they have amazing players in Zaha and Eze. They bring on Conor Gallagher and have been a threat all first half. It would have finished the game. But to a man, the defensive effort... and the quality. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the ball from Demarai [Gray]. It was a real mixture. The togetherness of the whole stadium gave you the feeling that something was coming. Credit to everybody who is an Evertonian tonight.
"For the owner, who I have good contact with, I am so pleased. Anyone who thinks of it from the outside, he has invested a lot of money in the club and there is a real desire for it to stay in the league. We want to do things right going forward and find a better way.
"The chairman, the CEO, Graeme Sharp, Peter Reid, legends of this club who have been so supportive of me. And the fans. I am a Londoner, seen as a Chelsea boy, a Cockney. People look and go 'can you Everton like that?' and I go: 'yeah, I can and you know what I will give it everything.' I am not perfect, no manager is, but I want to get better and better. Hopefully this gives me the breathing space to go away, see my family more - I miss my family working up here a lot.
"I am a constant optimist and a pessimist. My glass is half full and half empty. It is a dangerous game when you feel like that. My thoughts before the game were all the bad stuff. OK, we go to Arsenal, what can Leeds do, what can Burnley do. On the good side it was whether we could do something incredible tonight. I expected the pitch invasion and the outpouring. This is a people's club and they care deeply about it. There is nowhere else in the Premier League where what happens pre-game happens. It is a huge thing we need to tap into. On a footballing level we need to get better and recruit well. We need to make the culture even better. I will be more forceful about what I want next season. But I don't want to underplay what these players have done. It has not been perfect but what they have done in the run in is special."
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