Everton summer arrival Luis Boa Morte has spoken of what he learned from the numerous times he played against the Toffees during his professional career and admitted it was not hard for him to agree to joining the Goodison Park outfit.
The 41-year-old was appointed earlier this month by Everton as Marco Silva's assistant manager after the latter's long-serving right-hand man Joao Pedro Sousa left Goodison Park to become boss of Portuguese side Famalicao (official Toffees website).
Boa Morte, who has signed a two-year contract, joins the Blues from Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, where he was also assistant manager, and is reunited with the Silva as the pair previously worked together at Sporting Lisbon.
The retired Portugal international enjoyed a fruitful playing career and spent several seasons in the Premier League, leaving Sporting Lisbon to join Arsenal in 1997 and also turning out for Southampton, Fulham and West Ham United.
"I played against Everton so many times and you have to understand how ambitious the supporters are – how much they live for the club," he told Everton TV, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. "It was not hard for me to say 'yes' when I had the chance to come here. The supporters are so passionate about the club and want their team to play a good style of football.
“Goodison Park was such a tough ground to come and play. You find difficult grounds to go to down the years, and I always said, ‘Okay, this is really, really tough, to play at Everton’. Last season they did well and teams found it hard to come to Goodison Park… and now we need to carry on the good work.”
Boa Morte also had spells at Larissa in Greece and Orlando Pirates in South Africa, where he won another league title, before seeing out his career in England with lower-league side Chesterfield.
During Silva's spell at Sporting, Boa Morte managed the Under-19s, before taking the reins at Portuguese third-tier team Sintrense and the Under-23 side of top division outfit Portimonense SC (official Everton website).
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