Everton bring in Marcel Brands from PSV to be new director of football as Farhad Moshiri continues shake up after sacking Sam Allardyce
- Everton have brought in Marcel Brands as new director of football from PSV
- Brands was pivotal in reestablishing PSV’s dominance in Holland in recent years
- He will have to work closely with the new manager, rumoured to be Marco Silva
Brands has left PSV Eindhoven to replace Steve Walsh, who has been sacked for overseeing a disastrous recruitment policy that saw Everton spend £239million over a 12-month period but finish with a worse points tally last season than the previous campaign.
It has been a dramatic day at Goodison Park, with Sam Allardyce sacked – he is expected to replaced by Marco Silva, who could be unveiled as early as the beginning of next week – and the club preparing to enter into a new era.
Marcel Brands (right) has been appointed director of football at Everton after he leaves PSV
PSV SUCCESS UNDER MARCEL BRANDS
Eredivisie champions: 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18
Dutch Cup winners: 2012
Dutch Super Cup winners: 2012, 2015, 2016
Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, has long admired Brands and the club’s supporters will hope his is the acquisition that kickstarts a period of progress.
Certainly, the 56-year-old’s first words via a statement released by Everton have struck the right chord in terms of ambition.
Brands said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Brands (right) was responsible for signing players and Everton will hope he can bring success