Everton Women has appointed Jean-Luc Vasseur as the Club’s new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal until June 2024.
A Champions League-winning boss with Olympique Lyonnais Féminin and the 2020 recipient of FIFA’s World Women’s Coach of the Year award, Frenchman Vasseur joins Everton with a glittering CV.
He led Lyon Women’s all-conquering 2019/20 team which, as well as being crowned European champions, won the French league title, Coupe de France, Trophée des Championnes and Women’s International Champions Cup.
Vasseur has already visited Everton’s training ground USM Finch Farm, Women’s stadium Walton Hall Park and Club headquarters at the Royal Liver Building with Alan McTavish, Managing Director of Everton Women.
Vasseur explained how Everton’s ambition to challenge at the top of the domestic game and to compete regularly in the Champions League was key in his decision to join the Club.
“It’s an honour to be here at Everton, which is such a famous club in England,” he told evertontv.
“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.”
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VASSEUR'S FIRST INTERVIEW AS EVERTON WOMEN BOSS
A successful professional footballer who turned out for the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes and St Etienne, Vasseur began coaching upon the conclusion of his playing career in 2001, working for a decade with PSG’s youth academy.
Vasseur then held managerial positions with the senior men’s teams at Creteil, Reims, Paris FC and Châteauroux, before moving into women’s football when appointed Lyon boss in 2019.
He proceeded to lead the French giants to five trophies in his maiden season in charge. Vasseur left the club in April 2021 after they were beaten on away goals in the Champions League quarter-finals. Lyon were second in the Division 1 Féminine table when he departed, having won 16 of their 17 league matches.
Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director Ismailov believes Vasseur’s experience of managing at an elite level can drive Everton Women forward.
“He is a perfect candidate for us,” Ismailov said.
“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."