Report: Shock Lampard hasn’t made 43-year-old coach his assistant at Everton, behind scenes Chelsea claim made

Frank Lampard reportedly raised a few eyebrows when he decided against adding his ex-Chelsea colleague Jody Morris to his coaching staff at Everton.  

According to the Independent, some within Goodison Park were surprised when Morris did not follow his former manager to Merseyside.

Lampard adding his touch to the Toffees

Lampard was officially unveiled as the new Everton boss on Monday, taking the place of recently departed Rafa Benitez.

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With the Toffees winless in their last five Premier League fixtures and dangling perilously – and rather unusually – close to the drop zone, the iconic midfielder needed to get to work instantly.

He did so by reshuffling the club’s coaching staff, using his Chelsea links to bolster the ranks.

In came Joe Edwards, the man who had previously spent 27 years working at Stamford Bridge, the last of which was by Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Ashley Cole also reconvened with his long-term co-worker, having been involved occasionally with the Blues’ academy.

Chris Jones too joined the ranks, a man Lampard knows well from his time as Derby County and Chelsea coach.

Paul Clement, the right-hand man to Carlo Ancelotti during the 2009/10 Premier League title-winning season, was the final piece of the puzzle.

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Duncan Ferguson and Alan Kelly kept their roles from the previous regime.

But one, significant name failed to make Lampard’s wish list.

Morris missing

Morris’ invite to the Everton party either got lost on the post, or was never sent in the first place.

He and Lampard went their separate ways after the latter left his post with the reigning Champions League holders.

Despite appearing to be thick as thieves, the two clearly shared their differences.

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The Independent claim that there was tension between Morris, 43, and some of the key players at Chelsea, which partly caused Lampard’s decline at the club.

Hopefully the pair still exchange a friendly text now and again at least.    

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.