PSV Eindhoven have confirmed technical director Marcel Brands will leave the club for Everton.

Marcel Brands will assume the role of Director of Football at Everton, replacing Steve Walsh who joined the Club in July 2016.

The Dutchman, 56, is represented by agent Mino Raiola and Sky Sports earlier reported Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri “believes the pair could help them land the talent to make them a top-four Premier League team”

Marcel Brands: “It is a very difficult decision, but I think this is a good step at the right time. I have had a great time here and PSV gave me the choice to do it for more years. It’s really hard to let go of something that’s good, but I’m going to do that now.”

“In my job, the Premier League is of course a great thing. It is the biggest competition in the world, in all respects. Now, I get the chance to do something there in my own way. I am looking forward to that.”

It is a privilege to be joining Everton as Director of Football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands.

“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.”

Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “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.”

Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “I would like to welcome Marcel to Everton Football Club and I’m looking forward to working with him. His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.”

Everton Director, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said: “I’m very much looking forward to working closely with Marcel whose experience in the areas of player recruitment and development pathways for young players has forged an outstanding reputation in European football. I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton.

“Chief among my priorities is to structure and resource our Club to enable us to fully achieve our ambitions. We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”

 

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buskwhi2
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We really need to get our scouting nailed on.
The big Dutch and Portuguese clubs have their pick of the best young players from smaller clubs, develop them a bit further and then when the English sides come to buy them they do so at £15m+

Ideally we’ll be able to get them from the start. Brands has done this at PSV – we need him to do it for us.

MorgsGoat
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blueblue It certainly will. I think clubs will have to err on the side of caution and have too many players rather than too few. Traditionally a manager would have three or four games to assess his players and his squad generally but this year will have to decide what he needs before the players are even properly fit and have no serious pre season games played. It just may be that instead of sales we will allow some to go out on loan for a couple of months in case we need to bring them back. Dont think thats… Read more »
blueblue
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MoutsGoat Lets not forget that the window whilst it closes early for incomings, its open for 3 weeks for outgoings only. How that will work should be very interesting. It certainly will. I think clubs will have to err on the side of caution and have too many players rather than too few. Traditionally a manager would have three or four games to assess his players and his squad generally but this year will have to decide what he needs before the players are even properly fit and have no serious pre season games played. It just may be that… Read more »
MorgsGoat
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Eggs ..summer international tournaments are often a misleading guide to a players worth. Remember the likes of Phil Babb looking really good when the reality is he was really ordinary. Prices go up. Not saying it’s not an opportunity to spot a goodun, but you have to be careful. BirkenheadBlue (Feel like I'm replying to all your posts this afternoon) Not sure about the bit in bold. Buying players off the back of a great World Cup has been a bit of a recipe for disaster, historically, hasn't it? I didnt mean the cream of the world cup, I just… Read more »
BirkenheadBlue
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MoutsGoat Just under a month till the World Cup. The clever clubs will get the bulk of their business done before a ball is kicked, but the cleverer clubs will hold on to their players in the hope they have a baller World Cup, the even clevererer clubs will wait and pick the cream off. All in all, this summer will not be a pretty watch, its going to be X rated for everyone. 35m will become the old school 5m punt. It frightens me, in 4months people will be saying that we did well to pay 45m for Iceland.… Read more »