Jean-Luc Vasseur wants to lead Everton to the glory of the Women’s Champions League … and he thinks that the Scouse courses and the baked beans could be the key to the revival of the club!
- Jean-Luc Vasseur was appointed manager of Everton Women at the end of October
- The team are currently languishing in ninth place in the Women’s Super League
- He has the ambition to build a team capable of winning the Champions League
- He thinks Scouse courses and baked beans could play a part in the club’s revival
Jean-Luc Vasseur smiles, takes a sip of his espresso, then asks if we’re here to talk about the weather or the Covid.
The Everton Women’s Boss was forced into self-isolation when contacted by the government’s tracking and tracing system earlier this month. Vasseur has tested negative and is fully vaccinated. But because he received his two doses in France and not in the UK, he was subjected to a mandatory quarantine.
âThe worst part is that in my apartment, my windows do not open to the maximum. We don’t have a lot of fresh air, so I was in jail! jokes Vasseur.
Jean-Luc Vasseur did not have an easy start at Everton as he had to quarantine himself earlier this month
“I was very frustrated with the situation, a little angry because the rules are not correct but I respect them.”
The 52-year-old now has six weeks of work and is starting to get a feel for his new home in Merseyside.
âWhen you move, you accept the change. I’m not looking for the same things in England as in France. I discovered the bean during breakfast to make sure you have the best breakfast in the world. It’s Liverpool, it’s famous in the world, for the Beatles but also for the team – Everton first and there is another team but I’m not sure of the name or the color! ‘
Vasseur (right) says he has taken “scouse lessons”, although they are not going well. ‘Terrible. I understand women, maybe because they don’t have such a strong accent. But for men it’s terrible.
He won the Champions League with Lyon in 2020 and believes he can take Everton to Europe
âI had Lucy Bronze in Lyon, she is from the north, Nikita Parris, she comes from Liverpool. When she was speaking in Lyon, I said ‘gently please’ and not with the accent, because she has a big accent, like me. ‘
Vasseur, who had a 15-year playing career, played in the third, second and first division in France before joining Lyon in 2019. What attracted him to Everton? âI come because I am ambitious and passionate. I know which is the best reference for the team in Europe because I come from Lyon, the best team in the world.
“I know the way to build a team so that we can play in European competition and maybe in the future to win the Champions League.”
Vasseur’s first season in Lyon could not have gone better. Her team won all the trophies available without losing a game and he was named UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year.
Lucy Bronze has said she has played some of her best football under the Frenchman.
Vasseur has experience in coaching talented players, having worked with Lucy Bronze in Lyon
âLucy Bronze is an exceptional and incredible player. Very smart, very strong, I think she can play with men I’m sure.
Winning everything was the minimum wait in Lyon. They had lifted the Champions League five years in a row before his arrival. Its second season was more difficult, with injuries to key players, breakouts from Covid and the emergence of Paris Saint-Germain – who won the championship and knocked Lyon out of Europe, a result that culminated in the dismissal of Vasseur.
But he has no bitterness about his departure. âWhen we arrive in Lyon, there is a habit of winning, of continuing to win. In Everton, it’s a little different, there is a lot to build. I need to change the vision, the mentality. There is a lot of work.
After investing heavily in their squad over the summer, Everton were aiming for third place and qualification for Europe. But a disappointing start saw them languish near bottom, which led to the sacking of Willie Kirk and the appointment of Vasseur in late October.
Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham indicates it won’t be a quick fix.
âThere is a long way to go. We must be patient. I accept to concede goals but always to score one goal more than the opponent. It’s still my philosophy.
Everton Women host Manchester United in the Continental Cup on Wednesday. Subscribed members and official members can attend for free. Otherwise, tickets to evertonfc.com/women/tickets