New Everton director of football Marcel Brands is set to begin his work at Finch Farm on June 1st, and he sounds like a man who already knows what he wants to accomplish. First things first, though - appointing a new manager.
What the people around the Club will see is new signings but behind-the-scenes there will be a lot of work and, of course, the first thing is a new manager.
I think it is important that he wants to work in the new philosophy, the new strategy of how we want to work with a Director of Football. I think it is important that he creates the environment for the long-term, and I think it is important that he is a modern coach. If you think about what Everton’s plans are, I think a modern coach will fit into that profile.
Then his philosophy and how he wants to play is important. I think it has to be a coach who wants to work with young players.
Philosophy. Modern. Long-term environment. Young players. All of these traits are things did not describe Sam Allardyce, and all of them will be welcomed with open arms by Everton supporters. The promising news doesn’t stop there, though, as the Telegraph reports that Brands is set to meet with young star Ademola Lookman.
Brands will be holding talks with Ademola Lookman’s representatives in an effort to convince the exciting forward his future is at Goodison Park rather than RB Leipzig, where he enjoyed a successful loan period.
“I have watched several Everton games and I have looked at the players. I also saw some who were on loan to other clubs but if we are going to take decisions about players it is important the manager is involved because he is going to work with them every day,” said Brands.
While finding the right manager is, of course, an important step, it’s regaining the trust of Lookman that would perhaps be an even bigger statement of intent from Brands. The winger embodied this Blues season like nothing else - promise, hope, then poof - he’s gone.
Marcel Brands has the backing of Everton supporters, in ways that Steve Walsh did not. He’s progressive, accomplished, and we can’t wait for him to get started.