Walsh, one of the architects of Leicester City’s improbable title run several years ago, did not enjoy the same success at Everton. After unearthing the likes of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, the Englishman oversaw signings such as Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen.
It was always a little unclear what, exactly, was Walsh’s official role, and who he technically was responsible for signing, but it seems safe to say his tenure did not go as planned.
In the meantime, Brands is thrilled to be at Goodison Park.
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, 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.