By Adodo Oswengie
Frank Lampard, who was the leading candidate after having an interview to take over from the sacked Raphael Benitez at Everton, has been confirmed as the new manager of the Toffees.
In his first interview with the press on Monday, at the Finch Farm training ground to undertake his first training session with the team 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 feel 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 to 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,” he added.
Lampard, who joined Everton on a two-and-half-year deal, had also coached the North London club, Chelsea, and championship side, Derby. Derby, during Lampard’s spell at the club, performed very well till Aston Villa edged them out to qualify for a promotion to the Premier League.