Everton have got their man.
Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as their new first-team manager on a two-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park.
Lampard takes over the reins of the Toffees following the exit of Rafael Benitez earlier this month, following the defeat to Norwich City.
In addition, he also heads into a club in turmoil, with the Toffees guilty of underperforming this season, culminating in their slide towards relegation in recent weeks.
Frank Lampard appointed as Everton boss.
“It is a huge honour for me to represent and manage a club the size and tradition of Everton Football Club,” Lampard said after he was appointed.
“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.
✍️ | Everton Football Club can confirm the appointment of Frank Lampard as the Club’s new manager.
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“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 first port of call, however, will be the transfer deadline day, with Everton set to sign Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United.
His first game in charge will see him take on Brentford in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 3pm.