Sean Dyche said he wants to create an Everton team that "fights and wears the badge with pride" in his first words as the club's new manager.
The 51-year-old was confirmed as Frank Lampard's replacement on Monday afternoon, 30 minutes before the start of his first training session with the senior team. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, meaning that if he sees out that deal he will be the manager to lead Everton into the club's new waterfront stadium.
Former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan has joined as his assistant manager, ex-England international Steve Stone as first-team coach while Mark Howard will support the provision of sports science. All three members of staff previously worked with Dyche at Burnley, where he spent a decade in charge before being dismissed last April. Alan Kelly is expected to remain as goalkeeper coach
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In his first comments as Blues boss, 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 a long time.
“We want to bring back a good feeling. We need the fans, we need unity and we need everyone aligned. That starts with us as staff and players. Our aim is to put out a team that works, that fights and wears the badge with pride. The connection with the fans can then grow very quickly because they’re so passionate.
“There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That’s the job of me and my staff. We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win. That's the task in front of us - make sure we're building, tactically and technically, giving players organisation, allow them the freedom to play, to go and enjoy their football because it's brilliant when the team's playing with a smile, but we've got to win.”
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