Frank Lampard is finally confirmed as Everton’s new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract to replace Rafa Benitez, as the former Chelsea boss admits he’s ‘hungry’ to succeed after a year out of work
- Frank Lampard was pictured arriving at Finch Farm late on Monday morning
- The former Chelsea boss has signed a contract to replace Rafa Benitez as boss
- Lampard was driven into Finch Farm and will take his first training session today
- The ex-England international beat Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson to the job
- Lampard’s appointment will be officially confirmed by the club on Monday
Everton’s new era has officially begun after Frank Lampard was confirmed as their new manager on Monday afternoon.
Lampard, who arrived at their Finch Farm training base in the morning, has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Goodison Park.
The 43-year-old replaces Rafael Benitez who was sacked by the Toffees a fortnight ago after a run of one win in 13 matches.
Everton have taken their time to find the right successor with Lampard, Vitor Pereira and caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson all having had second interviews with the club’s hierarchy on Friday, before they then deciding on the former England international.
He will take training for the first time at 3pm today as he prepares his side for a fourth round FA Cup tie with Brentford on Saturday – his first game in charge.
Frank Lampard is driven into Everton’s Finch Farm training base late on Monday morning
Lampard has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea just over a year ago
As reported by Sportsmail, Lampard has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal on Merseyside.
He is expected to assemble a backroom staff comprised of the highly-regarded Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Paul Clement, the former Derby boss.
Ferguson is also likely to remain on Lampard’s staff, with reports emerging that the new boss is happy to keep the club legend as part of his team going forward.
It is Lampard’s first job since being sacked by Chelsea a year ago, following a mixed spell in charge of the club he appeared 648 times for as a player.
Before managing Chelsea, Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final in 2019
He took over at Stamford Bridge in July 2019 with the Blues in the midst of a transfer ban and integrated several young players into the side such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham as Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final in his debut campaign.
However, Lampard found the second season more difficult and was sacked in January 2021 after a run of five defeats in eight games which had left the club ninth in the table.
The 43-year-old’s only other previous job came at Derby County, who he led to the Championship play-off final in the 2018-19 season.
Lampard takes over at Goodison Park with Everton currently 16th in the Premier League table and only four points above the relegation zone.
Vitor Pereira had been favourite for the Everton job, but hostile fan reaction caused a rethink
Former Porto and Fenerbahce boss Pereira emerged as the leading candidate to be Benitez’s replacement earlier this week, but a hostile fan reaction to his potential appointment led majority owner Farhad Moshiri to have a rethink.
Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney, an international team-mate to Lampard, revealed on Friday that he had turned down the opportunity to interview for the role.
Lampard’s first game in charge will be the FA Cup fourth round tie at home against Brentford on February 5, before a crucial Premier League fixture away at relegation rivals Newcastle United follows three days later.
The 43-year-old began work on transfers over the weekend despite not being officially announced by the club, with Donny van de Beek set to become his first signing.
The out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder is close to joining on loan for the rest of the season, with Everton paying a fee in excess of £500,000 and his £100,000-a-week wages in full.
Van de Beek is undergoing a medical on Merseyside but will not be able to feature against Brentford this weekend because he is cup-tied.
Donny van de Beek is reportedly undergoing a medical at Everton ahead of a loan move