By George Overhill

15th May, 2022 | 6:40am

Everton Women expert pays tribute to caretaker boss Chris Roberts for rescue act

We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.

Caretaker manager Chris Roberts’ time in charge came to an end with the season and Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane was full of thanks.

Roberts and his staff had never expected to be left in charge, and he didn’t have eyes for the job long term, but he held things together during a difficult time.

While results weren’t what had been expected ahead of the season the players responded to him and so did the fans, while the team showed a battling spirit in adversity that may not have been possible under another coach, and MacFarlane appreciates what he has done for the club.

Speaking to Goodison News he said: “For the final game of the season members of the supporters club made their way down to make sure that we give the players, and importantly, Chris Roberts, a great send off. 

Chris took over at a time when confidence was at an all time low following the sudden sacking of Jean-Luc Vasseur, who had himself only replaced Willie Kirk a few months prior.

For any manager to come in under such difficult circumstances its a huge ask, but Chris and his team have been a shining light of positivity during a very difficult season.

The supporters club really appreciate the work that Chris has done, not just on the training ground and during the 90 minutes, but also the appreciation he has shown to the supporters throughout the season.

Evertonians aren’t a great mystery, we really aren’t hard to please.

Give everything you’ve got, fight for our badge and our club, and we will love you for it.

Chris and his team have shown that fight in abundance and he will always have the full appreciation of every single one of us.

It is sure to be a benefit for the incoming Brian Sorensen to have Roberts on his staff next season and shows the now former manager’s commitment to this team.

Much like the devotion Duncan Ferguson has shown to the men’s side, a willingness to step in when needed for the good of the club but then continue to work with the next manager is a credit to both men.

Everyone will be hoping for more success on the pitch, and more stability off it next season, and the continuity of Roberts’ presence should aid in the push for that.

In other Everton news, men’s boss Frank Lampard might be wondering why his old England colleague Steven Gerrard escaped FA punishment where he didn’t.

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