Frank Lampard unveiled as Everton manager amid talks for Man Utd’s Donny van de Beek and Spurs’ Dele Alli

Frank Lampard admits his immediate task as Everton’s new manager is to haul the club away from a looming relegation scrap before focusing on the long-term project at Goodison Park.

The former Chelsea and Derby County boss was unveiled as Everton’s new manager on Monday after finalising a two-and-a-half-year deal at the club.

Everton moved for Lampard after sacking Rafa Benitez following a run of one win in 13 games. They sit 16th in the Premier League, just six points above the relegation zone.

And while Lampard said he was sold on the owners’ long-term plans for the club, which includes a new stadium on the Liverpool docks, it is the immediate crisis that will keep him busy.

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“We know where this club wants to be and where we want to get to,” Lampard said. “But we know first and foremost the challenges that face us right now, in terms of league position. I want to get to work very quickly on that to deal with the short term – while there’s always in the back of our minds the long-term vision for the club.

“This is the position we’re in and I’ve watched closely from the outside. Now I’m in, I think the first thing as a football club when you’re having a tough time – and this happens – is you regain the confidence and you get together.

“In terms of what we can control… we have to work hard, we have to keep focused, we have to be confident. It’s a good squad, a good bunch of players.

“When things are hard and tough, there’s a lot of criticism that goes around. I’m here to change that and try and make it a positive message for the players, so they believe in themselves and show we’ve more than enough talent to move up the table.”

Lampard has been out of work for a year and has a big job to do to keep Everton safely in the top flight (Photo: AFP)

Lampard, 43, has been out of work since being sacked as Chelsea boss last January and was chosen over a number of candidates after a fraught fortnight for the Toffees hierarchy.

He is now working on adding to his backroom staff and getting a few deadline-day transfers over the line before 11pm Monday night.

It is understood the former England midfielder is already close to landing Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek on loan until the end of the season, while Dele Alli is on talks over a permanent exit from Tottenham.

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Everton can’t loan more than two domestic players from Premier League clubs, which means Alli’s move would have to be permanent as Van de Beek will join Anwar El Ghazi as their on-loan players.

Paul Clement, Carlo Ancelotti’s former assistant at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, has also teamed up with Lampard.

Lampard’s appointment brings to an end Everton’s two-week search for a replacement for Benitez, who departed the club following the 2-1 defeat at Norwich.

Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri initially looked set to appoint Vitor Pereira as his seventh manager in six years – but protests from Everton fans, including graffiti daubed outside Goodison Park, halted that venture.

Club legend Duncan Ferguson was also interviewed, while Wayne Rooney declined to be considered, instead focusing on hauling Derby out of the Championship relegation mire.

Lampard did ‘good job’ at Chelsea

Former Chelsea playmaker Pat Nevin believes Lampard’s reputation at Stamford Bridge was not tarnished, despite his sacking.

“Chelsea fans thought he did a good job,” Nevin told i. “He brought a lot of the youngsters in really quickly and it was brave to be able do it.

“He was a good manager but they just happen to have a great one now [in Thomas Tuchel].”

On whether Lampard would be the man to instil a set philosophy at Everton, a club that has sorely lacked any semblance of one, Nevin added: “He’s very positive and attack-minded, Frank. It would be a high tempo game and he would have a philosophy but it would need a bit of time.”

Read more from i’s interview with Pat Nevin here

Lampard, one of Rooney’s predecessors at Derby, at least has Premier League managerial experience. In his first months at Chelsea he was unable to sign players due to a transfer embargo, which paved the way for youngsters to flourish in his set-up.

Everton have spent more than £500m on players under Moshiri only to make minimal progress. Lampard was eventually given money at Chelsea when their embargo was lifted, but both there and at Derby proved to be an effective coach too.

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