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Ex-Lyon boss Vasseur reportedly favourite for Everton hot seat after WSL side sack Kirk

JEAN-LUC VASSEUR is thought to be in pole position to take up the reigns as manager of Everton Women according to reports.

Telegraph Sport claims the Toffees hope to have the former Lyon chief in post before the club’s League Cup trip to Leicester City on November 3.

It is suggested the WSL side are eager to hire a replacement for Willie Kirk as soon as possible following the Scot's exit.

Kirk's departure came after the Toffees’ losses in the WSL to Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal and a City inflicting a 5-1 league cup match defeat.

Two of the results include back-to-back 4-0 losses to the Citizens and the Blues.

Vasseur, 52, who led Lyon to a 2019-20 season title win is yet to take up a managerial role after being axed by the French side in April.

The France giants, whose former players include Lucy Bronze, Nikita Parris and Alex Greenwood, currently hold the record for the highest number of Champions League wins.

And the Telegraph claims an announcement of a new gaffer for the Merseyside outfit is unlikely to occur this week.

They say this is because an agreement with the ex-Reims boss is not done as yet.

Vasseur, who began his managerial career in 2001 overseeing Paris Saint-Germain’s men's youth side, took up his previous job at Lyon in 2019.

And the former midfielder whose playing career included stints at PSG, Rennes and Saint-Etienne, won Uefa’s 2019-20 Women’s Coach of the Year award.

During his two-year spell at Lyon, the Frenchman led the side to five major trophies including a Champions League win in 2020 with his former team beating Wolfsburg 3-1 in Spain.

And he credits former Liverpool chief Gerard Houllier with giving him ‘a chance to break into the professional’ game.

Everton, who finished fifth in the WSL last season, have hopes of qualifying to play in the Champions League in the future.

The Toffees made nine additions to their side in the summer transfer window.

Their newest players include France midfielder Kenza Dali from West Ham, and Sweden playmaker Hanna Bennison who joined from Rosengard for a club-record fee.

It is reported club officials regard Vasseur as having the expertise required to help them fulfil their aim of competing in Europe’s top club competition.


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