Everton have appointed Frank Lampard as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez.

Lampard, who arrived at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on Monday where he was expected to take first-team training for the first time, said: “It is a huge honor 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.”

Everton owner 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.

Lampard had been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in January 2021 with the club ninth in the Premier League.

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