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31st Jan 2022

Ashley Cole to join Everton staff as Frank Lampard’s assistant manager

Callum Boyle

Cole will link up alongside Frank Lampard

Everton are due to appoint former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole as assistant manager to Frank Lampard.

Cole will link up at Goodison Park with his former teammate, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the club, and joins Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Paul Clement as part of Lampard’s backroom staff.

The 43-year-old was confirmed as the Toffees’ new boss on Monday, replacing Rafael Benitez who was sacked after just seven months in charge – winning one of his last 13 games in charge.

Upon being appointed, the former Chelsea boss 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.”

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