Everton and Mainz have appointed Jean-Luc Vasseur as their new club director on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
France’s Vasseur will replace Willie Kirk, who departed earlier in the month after a mixed start to the new Women’s Premier League season.
Vasseur is a UEFA Champions League-winning manager with Olympique Lyonnais Feminin and the 2020 FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year award.
He led the 2019/20 Lyon women’s team that won the French Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Champions Cup and International Women’s Champions Cup, as well as being European champions.
Vasseur has already visited Everton’s USM Finch Farm training ground, Walton Hall Park Women’s Arena and the club’s headquarters in the Royal Lever Building with Alan McTavich, Everton Women’s Managing Director.
“It is a great honor to be here at Everton, a famous club in England,” he said. evertontv.
I spoke with Sarvar Ismailov [Everton Women sporting and commercial director] He told me this is a great club with a great history and an amazing future.
“I came here to write a new history with Everton and win titles.” We have a lot of talent and resources so I think there is a good ability to improve.
“I have the ambition to build a team that can qualify for the Champions League. We have to be patient and fight for victory.”
Analysis: Another coup for Everton
Charlotte Marsh from Sky Sports:
Everton women have followed their male counterparts in appointing a star manager. Just as Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival has been hailed as an incredible coup, bringing in Vasier is a huge one.
With the new season approaching, there was one audio clip still coming from the club – we want Champions League football. Everton had 16 of those places last season, but there was a lot of belief they could move up to the top three this time around.
Make no mistake about it – Kirk has worked wonders at Everton. He has made them competitive at the top of the Women’s Premier League and has recruited some great talent. But something hasn’t clicked this season and it has cost him his position.
At Vasseur, they have a manager with a resume and experience to match Everton’s ambitions. He inherited a strong women’s soccer team at Lyon, and has pretty much won every trophy that goes with his superstar team.
Everton will present a completely different possibility, but it is not an unfamiliar one for him. He will need to work quickly to launch his team, and in such a tight league, reaching these Champions League stages could already be out of reach.
But watch this space. Although Vasseur has never made it into the Women’s Premier League, he has plenty of experience and it should be an exciting opportunity not only for Everton, but the league as a whole.