Farhad Moshiri reveals why he hired Frank Lampard as Everton boss over Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson

Frank Lampard takes over as Everton manager from Rafa Benitez and returns to work after being sacked by Chelsea a year ago.

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Farhad Moshiri is adamant Frank Lampard can give both Everton supporters and the team ‘an immediate boost’ after his appointment as manager.

The former Chelsea boss has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Goodison Park, succeeding Rafa Benitez in the hot seat.

Ex-Porto chief Vitor Pereira and fans’ favourite Duncan Ferguson were also interviewed for the role.

But Moshiri was impressed with Lampard throughout the process.

Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “I am really delighted that Frank has joined us.

“He is an impressive young man on 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.”

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesEverton owner Farhad Moshiri. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Chairman Bill Kenwright echoed Moshiri’s sentiment.

Kenwright said: “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 and will be looking forward to giving him and his coaching staff a warm Goodison welcome next weekend.”

‘A huge honour’

Lampard evealed the ‘passion and ambition’ of Everton convinced him to take over as boss.

He’s now back in work after being sacked by Chelsea a year ago.

The former England international, who had a glittering career at Stamford Bridge that included three Premier Legaue titles and the Champions League, brings with him Joe Edwards as his assistant manager, Paul Clement as first-team coach and Chris Jones as first-team coach and head of performance.

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.”