Christiansen On Vasseur Everton Reunion

Izzy Christiansen is confident new Blues boss Jean-Luc Vasseur can help bring success to Everton Women.

Vasseur was confirmed on Friday as the new manager of the Blues women's side.

The England international enjoyed a successful spell with the French manager during their time together at Olympique Lyonnais.

Now reunited in Merseyside, the midfielder hopes the squad can hit the ground running as the Blues embark on a new era with Vasseur at the helm.

“It’s a new thing for me as an individual being in a team where there has been a change of manager during the season,” Christiansen told evertonfc.com. “For me, it’s a fresh start.

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WOMEN'S TEAM 06:24 Sat 30 Oct 2021


Frenchman speaks to evertontv following appointment.

“It’s an extremely interesting appointment for the team. I expect a lot of changes, mainly around the cultural differences to where Jean-Luc sees football and how he will want to impose his style on our team and on the league.

“There’s a lot of changes ahead but it’s important for us as players to be really open to that – to understand different ways of working and remain focused on our goals as a Club.”

The 30-year-old gave an insight into what kind of coach Vasseur is.

“He’s a very calm guy,” she added.

“His style and the way in which he sees the game will be very different to what we were previously known by.

“For us, it’s about understanding him as a coach and what he wants from us.

“He likes to work with the ball a lot which is obviously good for our team and the calibre of players that we have got at the Club.

“It’s a case of understanding his style and bringing our A-game and ourselves to the table.

“Without living too much in the past, we know the first five games in the league haven’t been good enough by our standards.

“It’s about taking on his information now and trying to make sure Everton are getting towards where we want to be.”

Vasseur worked with some of the world’s best during his time at Lyon, from upcoming talent to renowned stars.

Christiansen believes that experience bodes well for the future of Everton in the women’s game.

“It goes without saying that he’s got experience of working at the top level of women’s football at Olympique Lyonnais, a team in which I learned so much from when I was there.

“The level of training, the level of players, the level of detail required to be at the top all the time.

“One of the things difficult in football is that it’s hard getting to the top but staying there is even harder.

“You’re constantly striving to be better each day and Jean-Luc’s experience of working with such a successful team of individuals will be really good for us moving forward.

“We’ve got a real variation of types of players at the Club.

“Young players at the start of their careers, people in the middle, and people in their late 20s, early 30s with heaps of experience who are just as hungry as the 18-year-olds in this team.

“We’ve got a really nice balance and I’m sure his experience will help us bring that all together.”


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