Sammy Lee has spoken of what an “honour and a pleasure” it is to take up his position at Everton under Sam Allardyce.
Former Liverpool midfielder Lee joined Allardyce’s backroom staff last week, despite his affiliation to the Toffees’ Merseyside rivals.
The 58-year-old spent a decade at Anfield as a player from 1976, a period in which he helped the Reds win three league titles and two European Cups. He also spent three years with the club as assistant manager before leaving in 2011.
His affection for Liverpool, though, did not cause him to think twice about taking up a role with Everton.
Asked by the Everton website whether it was an easy decision, Lee said: “Yes, it was.
“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 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.”