Written By Jacobs Dunga
Former Chelsea and Derby County manager Frank Lampard has edged other candidates to become the new manager of Everton.
Everton football club have announced via their official website that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will be the coach of the side.
The 43 year old emerged as the chosen one amongst the three coaches that entered the final round of interviews on Friday evening, one which club president Farhad Moshiri was present.
Lampard 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.
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“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 comes in as a direct replacement for Rafa Benitez who spent just under four months and left the club in sixteenth place with just four points above the relegation zone.
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.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “Frank impressed us greatly throughout our process, coming across as a modern, ambitious and exciting young manager. He expressed a clear vision on how he wants to take the club forward and, importantly, a tremendous passion and genuine enthusiasm to join us. I’m sure Evertonians will give him the special welcome that only they can and will be looking forward to giving him and his coaching staff a warm Goodison welcome next weekend.”
The Toffees have won just one of their last fourteen Premier League games in which they have also drawn three to find themselves hovering just above the relegation waters.
Sky Sports News Kaveh Solhekol on Friday before the announcement warned Frank Lampard would be having a massive job in his hands different from the one he had at Chelsea.
He said the former midfielder has the potential to become a great coach but would have to deal with operating with different factions of the club hierarchy.
“Frank Lampard has all the potential to be a great manager of the future. I would think if he does accept the job, if he does become the next Everton manager it will be very exciting, but let’s not underestimate he would have a massive job on his hands.
“He would have gone from the relative stability of Chelsea where Chelsea are owned by Roman Abramovich and are run on a day-to-day basis by Marina Granovskaia so that is a very settled structure and he would be going into a situation at Everton where there are different sort of factions in charge of the club.
“The fans are very, very unhappy so he does have a major job on his hands but of course, the first job that he has got is making sure that Everton remain in the Premier League, because speaking to Everton supporters, they are saying look the way this season is going there is a real danger it could end in relegation.”
The transfer window closes in a couple of days and Kaveh has identified this as another issue for Lampard to deal with.
“The other problem Frank Lampard has got if he does become the Everton manager is the transfer window is about to close. It closes on Monday, he hardly has any time to sign any players.
“Everton need reinforcements, especially in midfield. Is he going to have any time or has been told that players are coming in the next 72 hours? So make no mistake, a massive job for Frank Lampard, if, as looks likely, he does become the next Everton manager.”
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