‘Hungry to get started’: Frank Lampard confirmed as Everton manager | Everton

Frank Lampard has said is “very hungry to get started” after being confirmed as Everton’s manager on a contract to 2024 and has told his players that he expects “fight and desire” at all times.

The 43-year-old accepted the chance to succeed Rafael Benítez and agreed terms on the deal at chairman Bill Kenwright’s office in London on Sunday. He met his new squad for the first time on their return to training at Finch Farm on Monday, where Donny van de Beek was also present before his anticipated loan from Manchester United.

Lampard is joined by a backroom team comprising the former Chelsea coach Joe Edwards as assistant manager, Paul Clement as first-team coach and Chris Jones as first-team coach and head of performance. The former Derby and Chelsea manager had also wanted Antony Barry to join him but the coach opted to remain at Stamford Bridge. Duncan Ferguson and the goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly will remain part of Everton’s coaching staff at the request of Lampard, who is understood to have offered a position to Ashley Cole.

The manager takes over a struggling team only four points above the relegation zone having won once in 14 Premier League games. His first match will be at home to Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

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 was chosen after a complicated two-week managerial search that involved an initial approach for the club’s former manager Roberto Martínez and fan protests over the potential appointment of Vítor Pereira. The Portuguese coach, Lampard and Ferguson were interviewed by Everton’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, and the club’s board on Friday.

Moshiri said: “I am really delighted that Frank has joined us. He is an impressive young man 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.”

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Kenwright added: “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.”

The arrival of Lampard and his backroom team, plus the move for Van de Beek, marks a hectic end to the transfer window for Everton and the Netherlands midfielder may not be the only incoming deadline-day deal. The Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has been linked with a loan and the club are continuing to explore other midfield options.

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