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

Everton are expected to name former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole as Frank Lampard’s assistant manager.

Cole will reunite with his old teammate at Goodison Park, where he has signed a two-and-a-half-year agreement and will join Lampard’s backroom staff with Joe Edwards, Chris Jones, and Paul Clement.

The 43-year-old was named as the Toffees’ new manager on Monday, succeeding Rafael Benitez, who was ousted after winning just one of his final 13 games in charge.

After being confirmed as the new boss, 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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