Monday, 31st Jan, 1:35pm BST
Welcome to Everton Football Club, Frank Lampard! pic.twitter.com/LuGqBCrrE7— Everton (@Everton) January 31, 2022
Here’s the official confirmation. [RBM]
Lampard talks a lot about the fans in his first interview. [RBM]
Note: With the announcement now done, we’ll close this live blog and move our attention to the Transfer Deadline Day live blog.
Monday, 31st Jan, 11:45am BST
Lampard appears to be building quite the staff - Paul Clement, Joe Edwards, Chris Jones, Duncan Ferguson, and now Ashley Cole?
The new boss is already at Finch Farm, by the way.
Everton’s new manager is in the building. Frank Lampard is at Finch Farm, ready for training at 3pm. Duncan Ferguson has been at the centre since early this morning. Donny van de Beek’s medical ongoing pic.twitter.com/fzCXFIYtth— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) January 31, 2022
Monday, 31st Jan, 11am BST
A twist! It appears Frank Lampard would like Duncan Ferguson to be part of the coaching team after all.
Frank Lampard has asked Duncan Ferguson to stay at Everton and be part of his staff.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 31, 2022
More on that, as it looks like Big Dunc has accepted as well.
.@SamWallaceTel reports: Duncan Ferguson accepts Frank Lampard’s offer to stay on as part of the backroom staff at Everton #EFC— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 31, 2022
Live #DeadlineDay updates with @UcheAmako https://t.co/gZjb0v502s pic.twitter.com/EeAccHLbWx
Sunday, 30th Jan, 8:45pm BST
Frank Lampard appears to have gone with experience for his assistant manager with his choice of Paul Clement, who has an impressive pedigree as assistant at Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich before fading way somewhat following gigs at Swansea City, Reading and most recently Cercle Brugge.
Former Derby and Swansea manager Paul Clement to become Frank Lampard’s assistant manager at Everton— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 30, 2022
Sunday, 30th Jan, 6:30pm BST
Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United is all but confirmed, and reports indicate that Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have also been linked.
Also.. brace yourselves.. IDRISSA GANA GUEYE could be making a return!
Full details on Lampard contract and his transfer plans here - some complicated negotiations at advanced stage, he will have final decision on at least 2, possibly 3-4 new signings on Monday ⬇️⬇️⬇️— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) January 30, 2022
Sunday, 30th Jan, 4pm BST
Patience Blues.. it’s going to happen, just working out details of the coaching staff and compensation, we can assume.
I’m told everything is going “very well“ to bring Frank Lampard to Everton as manager, announcement expected in the coming hours— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 30, 2022
Sunday, 30th Jan, 9am BST
Sounds like all the thinking is finally done and Frank Lampard is ready to put pen to the paper. Note that Fabrizio says "signings", so it's not just Donny van de Beek then?
No word yet on the Chelsea coaches Anthony Barry and Steve Holland.
Frank Lampard will sign his contract as new Everton manager today, after verbal agreement in place since Friday. #EFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2022
He’s already working for new signigns - trying to win the race over Crystal Palace for Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/FLZYJ2l6dx
Saturday, 29th Jan, 4pm BST
The Joyce has spoken. Frank Lampard has been formally offered the manager’s job. Doesn’t sound like we’ll have an announcement today either, which means he’ll have barely over 24 hours to bring in any players before the January transfer window shuts.
Everton have formally offered Frank Lampard the manager’s job. Negotiations ongoing and expect to be concluded in next 24 hours.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 29, 2022
Saturday, 29th Jan, 12pm BST
Still no announcement from Everton, and it sounds like it's because the club are working out contract details for Frank Lampard and his staff. Two of the more well-regarded coaches that he's expected to bring with him are former Everton youth player Anthony Barry (a teammate of Wayne Rooney's) and Steve Holland.
Friday, 28th Jan, 9:15pm BST
It’s done! Frank Lampard will be the next permanent manager of Everton!
Frank Lampard set to be become Everton manager as per @SamWallaceTel— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 28, 2022
After a frantic week with many ups and downs, Everton and Frank Lampard have finally agreed terms, with the former England international now set to be appointed as the new Everton manager https://t.co/bIlUKdHzir— The Bobble (@ElBobble) January 28, 2022
Friday, 28th Jan, 2:00pm BST
Could we have a decision today on Everton’s new manager? It’s down to three - current interim manager Duncan Ferguson, Vitor Pereira (who Bill Kenwright has stayed in touch with for years now), and former Chelsea player and manager Frank Lampard.
Other interesting news - Tim Cahill had been rumoured to be acting in some sort of executive capacity for the club, likely due to the fact that former Director of Football Marcel Brands has yet to be replaced. The Aussie has reportedly been seen at Kenwright’s London offices, and news yesterday indicated that Farhad Moshiri is arriving today as well as all three managerial candidates will get one last opportunity to make their pitches.
Frank Lampard would like the opportunity manage Everton and get back in to work and take up his next managerial job.— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 28, 2022
Interviews have progressed well with the former Chelsea boss. Further interviews taking place in London today.
[via @VinnOConnor] pic.twitter.com/wPJIL2s7lD
Here’s Big Dunc on the train to London.
Thursday, 27th Jan, 6:55pm BST
And then there were three. Looks like it’s going to be between Frank Lampard, Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson with Farhad Moshiri flying in tomorrow to make the decision official.
So the Everton shortlist is down to three: Lampard, Pereira.. and Duncan Ferguson. Decision very soon. https://t.co/xOlPgvrhbc— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 27, 2022
Thursday, 27th Jan, 5:00pm BST
Well, who’s left at this point? Frank Lampard that’s who!
The former Chelsea midfielder and manager is apparently the frontrunner now and reportedly met with the Everton leadership again on Thursday for his second interview and Farhad Moshiri flies in on Friday to confirm the appointment, whoever it might be.
Everton to do latest interviews on Friday as manager process continues. #EFC owner Farhad Moshiri coming to UK to oversee. Lampard & Pereira leading + other names in mix. Ideally appoint before transfer window shuts. W/ @Paddy_Boyland for @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/u5wXldUOVR— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 27, 2022
Wednesday, 26th Jan, 9:00pm BST
The planned protest this evening at Goodison Park has taken place with a good number of supporters gathering with banners protesting the goings-on at the club.
There has unfortunately been some vandalism going on as well, with graffiti being painted onto the hallowed walls of the ground, as well as artwork on the walls being defaced, most notably Bill Kenwright, the club chairman.
As angry as we might all be about how things are, physically damaging anything associated with the club is not only short-sighted, it also takes away any credibility that we are an intelligent fanbase that need to be heard. As our neighbours across Stanley Park know only too well, even the actions of a few miscreants makes all the supporters look bad, and the press and rival supporters will only be too quick to jump on that bandwagon.
Wednesday, 26th Jan, 3:00pm BST
You thought it was over and that Vitor Pereira was about to be named the new Everton manager? Think again!
Multiple media sources are now saying that Farhad Moshiri is heeding the fan backlash that has seen messages scrawled on the walls of Goodison Park and a protest planned for tonight. In fact, it looks like Pereira himself is not willing to walk into the toxic situation this would create and is backing out [MailSport].
Graffiti spray painted onto Goodison Park tonight protesting against the appointment of Vitor Pereira pic.twitter.com/sTjKKZh1RB— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) January 26, 2022
Looks like Frank Lampard will be given a second interview after all, and though Moshiri might be ready to overrule the Board, he is paying attention to what the fans are saying and doing.
Wednesday, 26th Jan, 6:00am BST
This saga is getting tiresome now. It appears Farhad Moshiri has gone against the Board and decided Vitor Pereira is his man following a second interview yesterday. The turmoil behind the scenes at Everton continues unabated.
More drama at #EFC - Pereira now expected to be confirmed as new boss...— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) January 25, 2022
*Moshiri's preferred choice after 2nd interview
*Likely appointed before end of week
*Lampard 2nd interview but ruled out
*Rooney thought too inexperienced
*Board overuled despite plea not to knee-jerk
Tuesday, 25th Jan, 3:00pm BST
Today’s updates seem to indicate that Vitor Pereira is by no means the frontrunner for the position, with a number of candidates still on the lengthy shortlist.
Per Alan Myers, Frank Lampard is yet to hold talks with the club, and that might be the next move.
Everton latest:— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 25, 2022
•Pereira to have further discussions in next 2 days following initial talks with Moshiri
•Lampard to discuss role this week
•No Rooney contact
•Martinez not possible due to Belgian FA commitment
•No appointment imminent,but this week is very possible
Meanwhile, Lucien Favre says he is ready to get back into the coaching game. His name has not come up in links to the Toffees as yet, but he is definitely favoured by a number of the fans who admire the work he has done in long career. [Corriere del Ticino]
Monday, 24th Jan, 5:00pm BST
Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda, who broke the news about Everton’s interest in Vitor Pereira and that he has traveled to England today, is saying that the Portuguese manager has an agreement for a six-month deal with the club, with an option for an additional year after that.
Interesting, looks like Farhad Moshiri is tired of throwing away his money and is hedging his bets with the temperamental Pereira who does not have a record of longevity.
Monday, 24th Jan, 10:00am BST
Looks like it’s four candidates then - Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Vitor Pereira and Niko Kovac.
Everton are due to hold talks with Vitor Pereira today. Pereira is one of a number of candidates being assessed.— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) January 24, 2022
Wayne Rooney and Niko Kovač are also of interest while Frank Lampard has been interviewed.
(Via - @AHunterGuardian @FabrizioRomano ) pic.twitter.com/2pV8P7AhIg
Sunday, 23rd Jan, 10:00pm BST
Vitor Pereira is the latest manager rumoured to have interviewed for the Everton job. The Portuguese manager has certainly lost his lustre in the last few years since being linked previously with the Everton job, and was recently sacked by Fenerbahce.
Vitor Pereira is the latest manager to be interviewed for the Everton job. Details here: https://t.co/6SZUkWquik— Sami Mokbel (@SamiMokbel81_DM) January 23, 2022
Friday, 21st Jan, 2:00pm BST
Wayne Rooney has finally spoken out about the vacant Everton manager position that he’s being linked with. In his comments today during his pre-match press conference for Derby County, he clarified there has been no official approach as yet.
“I’m the same as everyone else, I see the speculation on social media and in the newspapers. Of course Everton is a club I grew up supporting.
“I’m flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know Everton know that to have any communication with me they have to go through the administrators.”
With the club administration already saying the Toffees are yet to get in touch, is it time to start thinking that Rooney is not really a serious contender for the permanent manager at Goodison Park?
Thursday, 20th Jan, 4:00pm BST
Multiple Italian media sources are claiming that Italy’s captain from the 2006 World Cup winning campaign Fabio Cannavaro is among those that have been approached to take over at Everton. Il Mattino say that the 48-year-old has been interviewed today and more news is expected soon.
Per El Bobble, both Cannavaro and Frank Lampard have been interviewed while the club are yet to speak with Wayne Rooney. Will say that the calibre of coaches being sought seems to be quite poor, Cannavaro especially has very little coaching pedigree at all outside China.
Thursday, 20th Jan, 12:30pm BST
There’s a big interview with Duncan Ferguson on the Everton site, we’ll have some more quotes from it here in a bit.
| “We are Evertonians, we love our club and fight as hard as we can for it.”— Everton (@Everton) January 20, 2022
Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson outlines his ambition as he looks to install displays bursting with energy, intent and aggression.
Wednesday, 19th Jan, 10:00pm BST
A full day has gone by and nothing of real importance to discuss today as far as the Toffees’ next manager - no new names, and no big updates on the names already linked.
Wednesday, 19th Jan, 5:00am BST
An interesting report from the Derbyshire Live, quoting the administrators of Derby County.
“We are not aware of any approach from Everton regarding Wayne Rooney.
“If they (Everton) were to make an approach, the administrators would expect that approach to be made to them in the first instance.”
Are the Toffees gauging the former player’s interest first before talking to the club?
Tuesday, 18th Jan, 9:30pm BST
More chatter that Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are both ‘persons of interest’ for the Everton Board.
Tuesday, 18th Jan 8:55pm BST
Missed this in the news melee today, but the idea of Tim Cahill on the Everton Board is not a bad one at all. Like the Graeme Sharp appointment, but much more contemporary.
| Tim Cahill is being considered for a senior executive role at Everton pic.twitter.com/hnBkCdIHKj— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 18, 2022
Tuesday, 18th Jan 7:20pm BST
Tuesday, 18th Jan 7:00pm BST
Wouldn’t really call Bill Kenwright as a unifying voice or motivational speaker for the Toffees at all, but oh well.
I’m told Players, Duncan Ferguson and his staff had a meeting at Finch Farm today, addressed by Chairman Bill Kenwright to to talk about Unity and the importance of Saturday’s game v Aston Villa pic.twitter.com/k59g92PoEU— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 18, 2022
Tuesday, 18th Jan 5:20pm BST
As widely expected, Duncan Ferguson has been confirmed as the caretaker manager of the Toffees. He is being assisted by Academy coaches John Ebbrell and Leighton Baines. Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly has retained his spot in the coaching team as a holdover from before the Benitez era.
| Duncan Ferguson has been appointed as caretaker manager for our upcoming games.— Everton (@Everton) January 18, 2022
He will be supported by John Ebbrell and Leighton Baines, along with Goalkeeping Coach Alan Kelly.
Tuesday, 18th Jan 6:30pm BST
Alan Myers drops in a new name to this current search, though it is a manager that has been linked with the Blues in past searches - Vitor Perreira. What does he even do nowadays?
Victor Pereira also being discussed in a wide-ranging search— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 18, 2022
Tuesday, 18th Jan 12:00pm BST
Can't say we're too heartbroken by that choice, he's got a bit of a bad reputation him.
Tuesday, 18th Jan 11:55am BST
The Telegraph claims Everton have a list of four managers, but only names Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard in this article.
**NEW** Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard to be interviewed by Everton. Search for new manager goes on - club working to a shortlist of four. Story: https://t.co/V7ncM9Rbqe— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 18, 2022
Monday, 17th Jan 10:30pm BST
The Daily Mail are reporting that it will indeed be former Everton player Duncan Ferguson taking on the manager’s reins on an interim basis at least, with a game against Aston Villa coming up this Saturday.
Roberto Martinez had been in pole position for the role, making a dramatic comeback after becoming the first manager to be sacked during Farhad Moshiri’s time at the club. However it appears the Toffees could not come to an agreement with the Belgium national team over a £2million release clause.
Rumour had it that Martinez was looking to bring his assistant coach Thierry Henry as well, with the striker having made his name in the Premier League with Arsenal.
The appointment of Martinez would not have been without controversy, especially considering how poorly his tenure at the Toffees finished with the Spaniard suing the club for further compensation on top of his severance package after two successive 11th placed finishes.
Belgian FA not intentioned to give the ‘green light’ for Roberto Martinez to be appointed as new Everton manager. They want him to be stay for the World Cup 2022. #EFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 17, 2022
There’s also no full agreement yet between Martinez and Everton on potential contract, as things stand. pic.twitter.com/Ig8r9awZrN
Monday, 17th Jan 4:14pm BST
More housekeeping going on at Finch Farm as Everton announce that Benitez’s staff are on their way out too - Francisco De Miguel Moreno (Assistant Manager), Antonio Gomez (First-Team Coach and Senior Analyst), Jamie Harley (Head of Sports Science) and Cristian Fernandez (First-Team Rehabilitation Fitness Coach).
Remember, the Toffees don’t have a Director of Football after the departure of Marcel Brands with a ‘structural review’ supposedly underway. Also, after the way Danny Donachie was dismissed as head of the fitness department a couple of months ago, it’s unlikely he’ll be wanting to come back.
Club Statement.— Everton (@Everton) January 17, 2022
Monday, 17th Jan 3:05pm BST
A lot of rumours about Roberto Martinez but that’s about it. Belgium don’t want Martinez to leave before the 2022 World Cup to be played at the end of this year. Sounds like Everton have asked if he could do a dual role, but it’s been turned down.
Sunday, 16th Jan 8:00pm BST
A couple more interesting names are being mentioned for the job - former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has just left AS Monaco, and former Granada manager Diego Martinez, who is currently unemployed. [Mirror]
Sunday, 16th Jan 5:00pm BST
Graham Potter was a popular name on the list even before Rafa Benitez was appointed. Wayne Rooney appears to indicate that he’s happy at Derby County but would find it hard to turn down the Toffees if they ask him to take over.
BREAKING: Wayne Rooney is happy and focused at Derby County, but it is understood he would find it difficult to turn down the Everton job considering his history and association with #EFC. pic.twitter.com/aJ5KJgWahp— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 16, 2022
Sunday, 16th Jan 3:30pm BST
Two different shortlists are doing the rounds for Everton’s next manager.
According to Alan Myers these are the names on the list -
Understand amongst the names being considered:— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 16, 2022
Fabrizio Romano seems to indicate that it’s just a two-man shortlist, but doesn’t clarify who they are.
Everton have officially sacked Rafa Benitez, confirmed as expected after yesterday emergency meeting. Board now considering two candidates shortlist to find a replacement. #EFC pic.twitter.com/6KhY4gYdBU— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2022
Sunday, 16th Jan 2:54pm BST
There it is, confirmation that Rafa Benitez is out at Everton. Not unexpected after yet another disastrous performance, this time at bottom club Norwich City in a 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first team manager.— Everton (@Everton) January 16, 2022
The rumour has been buzzing since the final whistle and it’s taken almost 24 hours since the game ended, but it’s official now, Benitez has been sacked after just 200 days in the job. He leaves the club with a miserable record of 7 wins, 4 draws and 11 losses in 22 games. The 61-year-old also oversaw the Blues go behind in 16 of those 22 matches, including the last nine in a row and the Toffees have just the one win in their last thirteen league games, which has seen them slump to 15th place after being fifth in September.
Rumours continue to swirl around who will be Everton’s next manager after the confirmation of the sacking of Rafa Benitez on Sunday. We’ll be tracking all the latest news and rumours here on this live blog, updating it as we get any new information from reliable sources.