Assistant Manager Edwards on Everton’s new philosophy

Assistant manager Joe Edwards outlined some of the new processes being implemented at Everton with the aim of improving short and long-term performance.

Edwards, who joined the club following the arrival of new manager Frank Lampard last month, began his full-time coaching career aged 19 and enjoyed success in a number of roles at Chelsea , including Under-18 manager, development team manager and, most recently, first-team assistant coach under Lampard and current boss Thomas Tuchel.

Edwards, now 35, sat down with evertontv for an in-depth interview, his first since swapping Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park.

Discussing the immediate work undertaken to embed a winning culture at the Club, Edwards said: “It starts with the work you do on a day-to-day basis. We don’t expect to walk into a club and start earning silverware instantly, but at the same time the standards you set for all building staff and players on a daily basis – we want them to think like winners every day and push each other.

“It’s the only way to have a chance of getting closer to those levels over a long period of time. We just hope that very quickly these improvements will lead to progress.

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Exclusive chat with evertontv covers first impressions, football philosophy and much more.

A former Chelsea schoolboy, Edwards spent a total of 27 years with the west London club before opting to reunite with Lampard on Merseyside.

Although he’s only been in his new role for a few weeks, Edwards says he’s already learned a lot about Everton’s rich history – and believes the principles demanded by Evertonians align perfectly with what the new coaching staff intends to bring in Goodison.

“Coming to the training ground, there are a lot of Scousers in the building!” Edwards said. “I actually have a lot of Scousers connected to my family, so I know they’re the kind of people who make you feel welcome very quickly – and I experience that very quickly here.

“I could feel that family bond on the training ground.

“There is also a core of British players and local guys, so for the identity of the team here at Everton I think that is important.

“And then the stadium… I knew coming here as an away team at Goodison, when the team is there and the fans are there, it’s not a nice place to come – so, I love being at home dugout!

“It looks like a good game. When we don’t have the ball, we want the team to press high up the pitch aggressively.

“We want the team to win the ball in the opponents’ half and be as far away from our goal as possible and as close to theirs as possible to try and create as many chances as possible.

“There are no better places in the Premier League than Goodison when the fans are supporting you and that gives you even more energy and numbers when you chase the ball – and we have to keep trying to use that.

“It’s up to the players to keep a high work rate and buy into the ideas of how we stick together.

“And when we have the ball, we want to find that balance.

“After analyzing games earlier in the season, we thought it would be a positive thing to have more possession and to control games by having more of the ball.

“It’s a big feature of the way we want to play, but we don’t want to play short passes around our own box for the sake of it.

“We fully understand that we want to be an exciting team that wants to score goals. We know Goodison fans love the action in and around the goal area and it’s our job to make that happen. – and we have the players to do it.

Watch Edwards’ exclusive Evertonv interview above now to hear him discuss:

– Where his relationship with Lampard began
– Philosophy of football and integration of a new culture
– A unique journey as a coach that began in adolescence
– Everton’s attraction after a career at Chelsea
– Short term priorities
– Everton squad first impressions
– Coaching methods
– Work alongside a team of talented coaches
– The team that rocks Goodison must be the norm
– End the Club’s wait for silverware

Alternatively, click here to watch the interview on our official YouTube channel.