Sean Dyche has been appointed as the new Everton manager as they aim to stave off relegation from the Premier League.
Everton sacked Frank Lampard last Monday following a 2-0 defeat at West Ham – the Toffees’ eighth defeat in the space of nine games.
The last time Everton won a competitive match was on October 22 last year, and they find themselves in 19th place, level on points with Southampton, who are bottom only due to goal difference.
Dyche was reportedly the Merseyside club’s second choice, with owner Farhad Moshiri wanting to appoint former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, who held talks with the club’s hierarchy in London on Thursday.
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We can confirm the appointment of Sean Dyche as our new Men’s Senior Team Manager!#EFC 🔵
— Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2023
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However, Bielsa is said to have been hesitant to join Everton in mid-season, and reports have claimed the Argentine instead suggested he would take over the club’s under-21s side, with a view to managing the first team following the end of the campaign.
With survival Everton’s priority, Dyche has been handed the job on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Speaking to the club’s media, Dyche said: “It’s an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.
“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want.
“That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort, and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time… There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That’s the job of me and my staff.“