YBTC NEWS —Former Derby and Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard has been announced as the new manager of Everton signing a two-and-a-half-year contract – until June 2024.
The 43-year-old will take charge of training this week and his first game will be a meeting with Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup on February 5.
Lampard told the club’s official website: “It is a huge honour for me to represent and manage a club the size and tradition of Everton football club.
“I’m very hungry to get started. After speaking to the owner, chairman, and the board, I very much felt their passion and ambition. I hope they felt my ambition and how hard I want to work to bring it together.
“You can feel the passion Everton fans have for their club. That will be hugely important. As a team – the competitive level that the Premier League brings and the position we are in the table – we certainly need that.
“It’s a two-way thing. I think Everton is a unique club in that you can really understand what the fans want to see. The first thing they want is to fight and desire and that must always be our baseline.
“My first message to the players will be that we have to do this together. We’ll try to do our job and I know the fans will be there backing us.”
The managerial vacancy became available after the Toffees dispensed with the services of Rafael Benitez following a disappointing spell at the helm for the Spaniard.
Benitez took charge in June last year, replacing Carlo Ancelotti, but things did not work out and he was axed on January 16 following a 2-1 defeat to struggling Norwich the previous day.
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said: “I am really delighted that Frank has joined us.
“He is an impressive young man on and off the pitch. He has played at the very highest level of the game and has football in his blood.
“He impressed us all greatly during the thorough interview process and we’re all ready to give him all of our support as he looks to give the team an immediate boost.”