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Steve Walsh on Ronald Koeman, Everton and more

Director of Football talks about his role

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Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh

New Everton majority stockholder Farhad Moshiri had made it a priority to revamp the behind-the-scenes structure at Everton when he bought the club. The creation of the Director of Football position and the subsequent appointment of Steve Walsh to the position has already started paying off with the signings of players like Idrissa Gueye who are changing the way the Toffees play.

Ronald Koeman has shown to be the kind of manager who prefers power over finesse, and has put a premium on the squad’s fitness and work rate. Walsh is of the same mentality and you can expect that Everton will be more prepared for the January transfer window than what happened on August’s deadline day.

In a media interview recently, Walsh shared his philosophies, as well as his observations after a couple of months on the job and his vision for the club.

"Recruitment is key at any football club and Everton is no different. Hopefully I can duplicate here what I did at Leicester.

"There are certainly one or two players out there that we'd like to talk to and convince that Everton is the place for them."

While his role at the Blues is slightly different from what he did at Leicester City, Walsh is happy with what he’s doing at Goodison Park.

"I'm enjoying it very much. It's a new role but I'm enjoying it so far.

"I'm not in the dressing room as much but I'm still out there trying to find the best talent."

Walsh has been dazzled by manager Koeman, and had great things to say about the Dutchman.

"He's absolutely top drawer. I've been really impressed by him.

"He's driven, he's methodical and he knows what he wants. I enjoy his brand of football."

He also talked about how signings like Yannick Bolasie have helped forward Koeman’s tactical evolution.

"He's done very well. The quality of his crossing so far has been immense. Especially at Goodison.

"The good thing about Yannick is he gets you up the pitch. Whatever you ask of him he uses his strength, his power and his pace and gets you up the field.

"That helps our back four to shift up and then we can play from there."