New Everton Women boss Jean-Luc Vasseur vows to ‘write new history and win titles’ after Frenchman, who won Women’s Champions League with Lyon, replaces Willie Kirk on a two-and-a-half year deal
- Everton Women have appointed Jean-Luc Vasseur as the club’s new manager
- Willie Kirk was axed by the Merseyside club following a poor start to the season
- The Frenchman won five trophies during his two-year spell in charge at Lyon
Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Lyon boss Jean-Luc Vasseur on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Frenchman was set to takeover after Willie Kirk was sacked following a poor start to the season.
‘It’s an honour to be here at Everton, which is such a famous club in England,’ Vasseur told evertontv.
Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Lyon boss Jean-Luc Vasseur
‘I spoke with Sarvar Ismailov [Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director] and he told me this is a big club with a big history and an amazing future.
‘I’ve come here to write new history with Everton and to win titles. We have a lot of talent and resources so I think there is good capacity to improve.
‘I have the ambition to build a team that can achieve Champions League qualification.
‘We have to be patient and fight to win.’
Vasseur, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes and Saint-Etienne during his career, won five trophies during his two-year spell at Lyon – including the 2019-2020 Champions League and French title.
Everton were expected to be competing at the top of the Women’s Super League table
But the 52-year-old was sacked in April after the club’s five-year reign as European champions was ended with defeat by PSG in the quarter-finals. Lyon were two points behind PSG in the league when Vasseur was dismissed, with their rivals going on to win their first ever French title, ending Lyon’s 14-year reign at the top of the division.
Vasseur has also had spells in charge of men’s clubs including Reims, Creteil, Paris FC and Chateauroux.
After a promising summer transfer window, which included deals for club record signing Hanna Bennison and England international Toni Duggan, Everton were expected to be competing at the top of the Women’s Super League table.
But a tough set of opening fixtures brought back-to-back 4-0 defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, with the latter result drawing criticism on Twitter from commercial director Savar Ismailov.
Willie Kirk (above) was sacked by the Merseyside club following a poor start to the season
Kirk’s side responded with victories over Birmingham and Reading but a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal followed by a 5-1 thrashing against a weakened Man City side in the Continental Cup this week proved to be the Scot’s last fixtures in charge. Everton are currently eighth in the WSL.
Speaking on the appointment of Vasseur, Ismailov said: ‘He is a perfect candidate for us.
‘He has worked in women’s and men’s football and has been successful in both. He has a great knowledge of the game and vast experience in different types of environments.
‘We wanted a proven winner and he has won numerous titles. We also wanted a someone with DNA which matches our club’s – someone with an attacking vision, who fights until the end.
‘He is determined to improve everyone and he is ambitious. Those are the main characteristics we were looking for and Jean-Luc ticked all the boxes.’
Vasseur’s first game in charge will be a Continental Cup clash with Leicester on November 3 and his first league game will be at home to Brighton next Saturday.
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