Liverpool legend Sammy Lee has made a controversial move to Everton as he put aside his Liverpool connections to join Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park as assistant manager.
The 58-year-old former midfielder also worked as a coach under Rafa Benitez at Liverpool and said that joining Everton was not a difficult decision.
“Yes, it was (an easy decision to join Everton). This is a fantastic football club and people know my history, people know my affiliation to Liverpool but I’m also affiliated to Liverpool as a city and I think for me to be given the opportunity to work here at Everton, it’s an honour and a pleasure.”
“It’s a global football club and nobody needs to be educated [on that] wherever they are. People know about Everton Football Club, people know about the history here, people know about the quality here, and you just have to walk around the building [at USM Finch Farm] to see the plans they have put in here to make sure the future is bright going forward.
“It’s a big challenge, it’s certainly one I’m looking forward to and I’ll be doing my utmost to get the best out of this football club.’
Everton will have a lot of catching up to do but Lee insists that the Toffees backroom is prepared for the difficult challenges ahead from now until the end of the season.
“I think in every team behind the team, which is what we are, there are certain components and Sam is very good at bringing different components in to aid him,’ added Lee.
“There’s a number of us, not just myself, and we’ll be here trying to make the best for Sam and for the team. We’re here to get the best out of the players and that’s our goal.
“The main thing for us is to try to instil into the players that they’re a talented group – they proved that last week (against West Ham) – and to build upon that and to take it forward, and to get the results that this football club deserves.”