Congratulations to Frank Lampard who took over from 16th seeded Everton and secured… a 16th seeded finish.
It was enough to cause joyous scenes at Goodison Park as the Toffees fought back to conquer Crystal Palace and secure their Premier League status for another year.
It was a sign of how bad things were getting under Lampard that relegation seemed almost nailed before their home game with Chelsea.
And for all the talk of leaving Everton where he found them, a look at the rankings since the arrival of Frank junior isn’t bad reading for the former Derby boss.
Mid-table form under Frank
The Toffees would actually be 13th in the Premier League if the results were taken from January 31 – the date of lampard‘s appointment – further.
That would effectively put them on par with Manchester United – albeit having played two more games – and above West Ham.
It would also rank Lampard higher than his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.
However, it is well behind their rivals in the other cities, as Liverpool have scored 24 points more, from two games less, over the same period. The Reds are actually the only team that has not lost a league game in that time.
Tottenham’s rise to the Champions League spots is reflected in their third in the standings, while Newcastle’s transformation under Eddie Howe sees them fourth.
Another upwardly mobile team is Brentford, with the arrival of Christian Eriksen who helped the Bees achieve 23 points from their 15 games played after Lampard’s appointment.
At the bottom
Norwich and Watford’s relegation have long been confirmed by poor form since early February, with neither in double digits for points scored.
Burnley was actually bottom when Lampard took over, but took six of their seven wins after January 31 to give themselves a big chance to avoid the drop. However, a defeat on the final day, coupled with a win for Leeds, saw them slip into the championship.
Going into that final day, Leeds were a contender for the decline, with their form since February placing them among the three worst teams in the division. Their 38 goals against were also the worst of the 20 clubs. However, the 2-1 success at Brentford saw them not only come out of the bottom three in the Premier League, but also out of Frank Lampard’s rankings, with Southampton replacing them after nine defeats in 12.
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