EPL club Everton confirmed the signing of former England midfielder Frank Lampard to replace Rafael Benitez as the club manager, on Monday. Lampard, to give the manager job a second attempt, signed a 2-and-a-half-year contract with the club and will take charge of the team for the next home match against Brentford.
In Lampard’s first interview with the club, he said: “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 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.”
Lampard’s appointment follows a detailed recruitment process, which included interviews with numerous candidates by the Club’s principal shareholder and Board of Directors
Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s owner and shareholder, said: “I am really delighted that Frank Lampard 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.”
Lampard in his on-pitch career has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.
Following the signing of Frank Lampard, Chelsea assistant coach Joe Edward also joined Merseyside. He was promoted to assistant coach at Chelsea during the Lampard era and stayed in the position under Tuchel.
Everton is now 16th on the Premier League Table, four points clear of the relegation zone. In the last 14 games, they won one and drew three.