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CEO Robert Elstone leaves Everton as part of major boardroom shake-up

A summer of change is seemingly underway

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Everton have confirmed the departure of CEO Robert Elstone as part of a major restructuring of the club’s board.

As has been widely reported for some time, Elstone leaves the club for Super League after 13 years at Goodison Park.

He is replaced by Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, who steps up from her current role as deputy chief executive.

On her promotion, Professor Barrett-Baxendale said:

“I am so proud to be given this opportunity and grateful for the support of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr Moshiri. I fully understand the privileged position that I will be taking up and the responsibilities that come with it. This is a great Club – footballing royalty - with the best, most committed fans and I can assure every single Evertonian that I am completely committed to driving our Club forward and making the most of the opportunities that we have. I know what the priorities are and I’m determined that we make progress in these areas. It’s also important to me that we make our progress in the right way - in the ‘Everton way’ - and this includes listening, consulting and collaborating on all important Club matters.”

Elsewhere Dr Keith Harris steps up to deputy chairman, replacing Keith Woods who remains on the board.

Meanwhile Alexander Ryazantsev, who has also been on the board since 2016, becomes chief finance and commercial officer.

Both Harris and Ryazantsev were brought to the club by Farhad Moshiri and their promotion reflects his growing influence in the boardroom.

David Maddock of the Mirror reports that Moshiri will seek to complete his full buyout of Everton next month, purchasing the remaining shares from Woods and Bill Kenwright.

The hope is that these changes will bring a greater clarity in the club’s leadership structure and decision making.

The club has lacked direction and a clear vision over the past year, which has been reflected in poor recruitment and, ultimately, poor results on the pitch.

These changes are expected to kick-off a summer of major change at the club from top to bottom.

Manager Sam Allardyce is likely to leave the club this week, with Marco Silva and Paulo Fonseca in contention to replace him.

Director of football Steve Walsh is also set to return to a role within the scouting department, with PSV’s Marcel Brands expected to replace him.

Then there is the playing squad, where another major overhaul is needed if this season’s difficulties are to be avoided next year.