Everton director of football Marcel Brands leaves club

Everton’s director of football Marcel Brandes has left the club citing “a clear difference in vision and direction”.

The 59-year-old took over from Steve Walsh in 2018, and signed a three-year contract. He then drafted a three-year extension in April.

Brands previously worked as Director of Football at PSV Eindhoven, spending eight years there after joining in 2010. Prior to that, he held the same position at AZ Alkmaar and RKC Waalwijk.

Everton have struggled this season after a tough summer transfer window and have not won a league game since beating Norwich on September 25. Manager Rafa Benitez has come under intense scrutiny after the midweek derby defeat to Liverpool, and recent defeats against Watford, Wolves and Brentford. .

A club statement said: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Marcel Brandes has left his position as Director of Football.

Brands joined Everton from PSV Eindhoven in June 2018 and was appointed to the club’s board in 2019.

“The owner and directors would like to thank Marcel for the service he has provided to the club over the past three and a half years, and we wish him well in his future.

“A strategic review of the footballing structure will now be conducted which will inform the club’s best model for the long-term forward.

“In the meantime, the owner and the board of directors will continue to extend their full support to our manager, Rafa Benitez.”

Marcel Brands added: “On Friday, after a personal conversation with the Chairman and fellow Board members, we agreed to step down as Director of Football and as a member of the Board of Directors of Everton Football Club.

“This decision took some time and some consideration and it was one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my career.

“The board and I agreed that there was a clear difference in vision and direction for this beautiful club, and with that in mind, the decision was made.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club with whom I have worked closely over the past three and a half years. There are so many talented players at Everton with great passion and commitment to pushing the club forward, both on and off the pitch.

“I want to wish the team every success, and I am convinced that there is enough quality to quickly improve the current situation.

“It has been an honor to work at this fantastic club and I wish everyone associated with Everton the best of luck for the future.”

On Friday, several high-profile Everton fan groups called on fans who attended Monday’s match against Arsenal to come out during the 27th minute.

“The incompetence of the Everton Football Club summit cannot continue,” a statement from the two groups said.

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