Brands (R) sits alongisde PSV legend Marco van Bommel
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Marcel Brands has replaced Steve Walsh as Everton’s director of football, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The Dutchman joins the Merseysiders from PSV Eindhoven, where he held a similar position.
He assumes the role Walsh has held for the past two years.
The former Leicester City transfer chief has been axed by Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
It follows a dire summer transfer window last year, which saw the club spend nearly £200 million on signings that largely disappointed, and the exit of manager Sam Allardyce.
Brands has been widely praised for the work he has done at PSV Eindhoven, having improved their academy and transfer strategy, and played a pivotal role in the club winning the Eredivisie title in three of the past four seasons.
Moshiri said: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton.
“It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.”
Brands added: “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge.
“The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite.
“It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day.
“I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton.
“It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.”