Everton appoint Lampard as new manager after Benitez dismissal

October 20, 2020 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts after the match Pool via REUTERS

Everton have appointed former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as their manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Everton sacked Rafa Benitez this month after a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City left the Merseyside club six points above the relegation zone.

"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," Lampard said in a statement.

"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."

Lampard, 43, started his coaching career at second-tier Derby County in 2018 and after one season in charge he became manager of Chelsea, the club he helped to win several major trophies in 13 years as a player.

The former England midfielder led the London side to a fourth-placed league finish and the FA Cup final in his first season but was dismissed in January last year after a poor run of results.

Benitez was appointed six months ago but the former Liverpool manager was a controversial choice for Everton fans and the club slid down the table following a promising start to the season.

Everton are now 16th after Duncan Ferguson took charge of one game as caretaker manager, losing to Aston Villa. They next host Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday before a league trip to Newcastle United three days later.

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