Iwobi gets 5th Everton manager as club announces Sean Dyche’s appointment


Nigerian Midfielder Alex Iwobi will be playing under a 5th manager at Everton with the appointment of Sean Dyche today.

Everton on Monday morning announced the former Burnley manager will replace Englishman Frank Lampard at the club.

Dyche has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract until June 2025, his first task a Premier League clash against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday 4 February.

On the crew with Sean Dyche will be familiar faces from his time at Burnley. Former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan as his Assistant Manager, ex-England international Steve Stone as First-Team Coach, and Mark Howard, who will support the provision of sports science.

Alex Iwobi and Frank Lampard hugging after a huge win
Alex Iwobi and Frank Lampard hugging after a huge win

Iwobi arrived at Everton during the days of Marco Silva and has worked with Carlo Ancellotti, Rafa Benitez and recently Frank Lampard during whose time, the Super Eagle enjoyed consistent game time.

In his first interview as Everton manager, Sean Dyche expressed his delight at joining the Blues` before stating his expectations of Iwobi and the other players.

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.

“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.”

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “Kevin and I spent some valuable time with Sean over the past few days and he quickly convinced me that he has exactly the right attributes to make himself a great Everton manager – and a man who could inspire our fanbase. And Farhad felt the same when he met him, too.”


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