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Why Seamus Stands Out From Everyone I’ve Met

Why Seamus Stands Out From Everyone I’ve Met

Frank Lampard says his ‘warrior’ Everton captain Seamus Coleman has unrivaled ‘morals and standards’ – and exudes a humility unmatched by anything the manager has encountered in over a quarter of a century in football professional.

Coleman led in both word and deed as Everton recovered from a perilous position in the Premier League table to secure survival in the penultimate game of 2021/22.

The Irishman’s teammates cited Coleman as a galvanizing influence throughout the campaign, but praise from peers for the player’s motivational qualities soared over an eight-match run, starting with the 1-0 victory over Manchester United on 9 April, when Everton claimed 14 points.

Lampard, appointed at the end of January with 18 games to play, told Coleman he was ‘one of the best people I have ever met’, amid emotional scenes in the dressing room after Everton beat Crystal Palace last week to confirm safety.

Coleman, who made 30 Premier League appearances during the season and has 384 club appearances, was rested for the final day’s encounter with Arsenal.

But after that match in north London, Lampard explained why the 33-year-old had made such an impression in the first three-and-a-half months of the pair’s working relationship.

” First day [of Lampard’s tenure]Seamus came to me, sat in my office and was honest about the club,” Lampard told evertontv.

“Things that will remain private. But he was honest about the situation and the magnitude of the situation.

“I could see right away the burden that Seamus was carrying, in a good way, because he cared so much about him and just wanted to change him.

“From then on, after those words, his actions were something else: speaking, training, day-to-day standards, performance in games.

“I have never seen such humility in my time in football.

“I heard a lot of good things about Seamus before coming to the Club.

“He went there and beyond.

“I was honest [when declaring Coleman one of the best people I’ve met]I have never met someone who has his morals and his standards and he is an incredible player.

“You talk about the legends of football clubs and he is certainly one of them.”

Coleman was “a warrior for weeks”, Lampard said, after the right-back was given a rest at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Striker Richarlison and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, other stalwarts of a busy month and a half that has preserved Everton’s top-flight status, were also given a break at the weekend.

Frank Lampard

I’ve never met anyone who has his [Coleman’s] morals and standards and he is an incredible player.

Indeed, Lampard made six changes in all, opening the door for Tom Davies to make a long-awaited return after more than six months on the sidelines.

Davies suffered a knee injury in November and his comeback was put on hold in January when the 23-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in training.

The Everton Academy graduate, who has played 159 times since his debut in April 2016, has been limited to eight appearances and just four starts during the campaign.

“I really liked him from the outside,” Lampard said.

“I watched Tom a lot, I faced him as a coach and I saw his qualities and how much he cares about the club.

“He was desperate to get fit and compete for the season.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring him in because of the circumstances and his injury.

“But I think he did very well in a tough game [at Arsenal] and I was happy to be able to bring him onto the pitch.

“He can go now and enjoy his summer a bit and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

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