The former Chelsea and Derby manager is back in the dugout at Everton after a year out.
Frank Lampard has told his new Everton squad that ‘we have to do this together’ as he prepares for life at Goodison Park.
The 43-year-old Englishman has replaced the fired Rafael Benitez as Everton manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal until June 2024. The club confirmed his appointment on Monday afternoon after much speculation over the weekend.
This new role ends a year-long absence from management for Lampard after his dismissal at Chelsea last January.
“I’m very hungry to get started,” he told the club’s media. “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.”
Everton are only four points above the relegation zone in the Premier League table after 20 games this season.
Lampard added: “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.”
Joining Lampard at Everton is Joe Edwards as his assistant, Paul Clement as first-team coach, and Chris Jones as a first-team coach and head of performance.
The Blues will debut under their new manager on Saturday in an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Brentford at Goodison Park.