English Premier League club, Everton have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager.
The English tactician is set to head the club till the end of the 2023/2024 season.
The 43-year-old joins the Toffees on a two-and-a-half-year deal just twelve months after being sacked at his former club Chelsea.
“The former England midfielder has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract – until June 2024 – and will take charge of the First Team for the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Brentford at Goodison Park on Saturday 5 February.” The club wrote on it’s website.
Lampard replaces Rafa Benitez after the Spanish manager was let go on January 18, 2022, six-and-a-half months after taking the job at Goodison Park.
In his first words to Everton’s official website, the former Derby County and Chelsea manager sent a message to the players asking for their support and togetherness in achieving the club’s lofty aims.
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.
“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 started management with Derby County in 2018, leading the Rams to the final of that season’s Championship play-offs. He was appointed head coach at former club Chelsea the following year and, helping develop many of the club’s young talents, guided the Londoners to fourth place in the Premier League and the FA Cup final in his first season in charge.
One of English football’s most decorated footballers, Lampard won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League, while earning 106 caps for his country in a glittering playing career.