Everton confirm appointment of Ashley Cole to Frank Lampard's staff

Sean Walsh
Cole became England U21 assistant manager in June 2021
Cole became England U21 assistant manager in June 2021 / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Everton have announced that former England defender Ashley Cole has joined Frank Lampard's coaching setup.

Cole had been part of the staff at Chelsea's academy following his retirement in 2019, but has left west London and joined up with former teammate Lampard on Merseyside.

The 41-year-old was also appointed assistant manager of England's Under-21s in the summer and is expected to continue his role with the Young Lions.

In a club statement, Cole said: “I was thrilled when Frank asked me to join him at Everton. This is a brilliant opportunity with a fantastic club and I am coming here to work hard and try to help bring success to Everton.

“The chance to link up again with Frank was another huge draw. He is an excellent manager and leader. With the rest of the staff here, we have everything in place for what we want to achieve together.”

Lampard added: “I’m delighted to add Ashley into my backroom team. Everyone knows about his superb playing career and what he has achieved in the game.

“He is now a well-respected coach which has been recognised by his work with England Under-21s. He’ll bring a wealth of enthusiasm, game-play experience and is a very good young coach who adds strength to our coaching staff.”

Lampard's backroom staff now consists of Cole plus assistant managers Joe Edwards and Duncan Ferguson, first-team coach Paul Clement, coach and head of performance Chris Jones, and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.