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Everton appoint former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as new manager

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Everton have officially confirmed Frank Lampard as their new manager on Friday. The former Chelsea manager is set to replace the outgoing Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park who was sacked just 6 months into his appointment.

The Merseyside club currently sits 16th in the Premier League table, just four points off the relegation zone with 19 points from 20 games. The Toffees lost 10 games out of 22 overall games under the Spanish coach.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, Porto boss Vitor Pereira, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and Duncan Ferguson were all approached for the top job at Everton.

Rooney virtually put himself out of the race by publicly claiming that he rejected the offer from Everton as he has unfinished business at Derby. The Championship club were docked an astonishing 21 points and were slapped with a transfer embargo but Rooney has miraculously kept them in contention to stay up.

"Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the vacant job, which I turned down,” “I believe that I will be a Premier League manager and I believe I am ready for that 100%, and if that is with Everton one day in the future that would be absolutely great. But I have got a job here to do at Derby County which is an important job to me.” – Wayne Rooney on Everton approach.

Roberto Martinez rejected the Everton job with the World Cup later this year while Duncan Ferguson, Vitor Pereira and Frank Lampard were interviewed for the role. Vitor Pereira was considered as the favourite for the job as the Everton owner Farhad Moshiri favoured the Portuguese.

But the Everton fans wanted Lampard to succeed Benitez and made their feelings clear by painting ‘Pereira Out Lampard In’ on the Goodison Park gate.

Lampard has a tough job on his hands at Goodison Park and his first priority would be to keep them in the Premier League. He worked previously at Derby in the Championship and at Chelsea. He lost the Play-off final at Derby and didn't achieve promotion to the Premier League while he was sacked last season by Chelsea.

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