New Everton Women manager Jean-Luc Vasseur promises to ‘write a new history and win titles’ after the Frenchman, who won the Women’s Champions League with Lyon, replaces Willie Kirk with a two-year contract and half
- Everton Women have appointed Jean-Luc Vasseur as the club’s new coach
- Willie Kirk was fired by the Merseyside club after a bad start to the season
- The Frenchman won five trophies during his two years at the helm of Lyon
Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Lyon manager Jean-Luc Vasseur to a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Frenchman was going to take power after Willie Kirk was fired after a poor start to the season.
“It is an honor 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 that this is a great club with a great history and an amazing future.
“I came here to write a new story with Everton and win titles. We have a lot of talent and resources, so I think there is a good capacity to improve.
“I have the ambition to build a team that can qualify for the Champions League.
“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 years at Lyon, including the 2019-2020 Champions League and the French title.
Everton was expected to compete at the top of the women’s Super League table
But the 52-year-old was fired in April after the club’s five-year reign as European champions ended with a loss to PSG in the quarter-finals. Lyon were two points behind PSG in the league when Vasseur was sacked, and his rivals won their first French title, ending Lyon’s 14-year reign at the top of the division.
Vasseur has also been in charge of men’s clubs such as Reims, Creteil, Paris FC and Chateauroux.
After a promising summer transfer window, which included deals for the club’s record signing Hanna Bennison and English international Toni Duggan, Everton was expected to compete at the top of the women’s Super League table.
But a tough series of opening matches brought back-to-back 4-0 losses to Manchester City and Chelsea, and the latter result drew criticism on Twitter from commercial director Savar Ismailov.
Willie Kirk (above) was fired by the Merseyside club after a poor start to the season
Kirk’s team responded with wins over Birmingham and Reading, but a 3-0 loss to Arsenal followed by a 5-1 rout against a weakened Man City side in the Continental Cup this week proved to be the last game for the Scots in charge. Everton are currently eighth in the WSL.
Speaking about Vasseur’s appointment, Ismailov said: ‘He is a perfect candidate for us.
“ He has worked in women’s and men’s soccer and has been successful in both. He has 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 someone with DNA that matched that of our club, someone with an attacking vision, who would fight to the end.
“He is determined to improve everyone and he is ambitious. Those are the main characteristics we were looking for and Jean-Luc met all the requirements ”.
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 against Brighton next Saturday.