Marcel Brands has announced that he will step down as Director of Football at Everton via mutual consent.
Brands joined Everton in June 2018 and has overseen arrivals of Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Richarlison amongst others during three-and-a-half years at the club, in which he has worked with three different permanent managers.
This season though has seen Everton endure a difficult campaign as the Toffees are currently on an eight match winless run.
Brands consequently held ‘a personal conversation’ with fellow Board members on Friday (3 December), where it was agreed that the 59 year-old would stand down from his role after ‘some time and some consideration’ were given to the decision.
Brands went on to state ‘that there is a clear difference in the vision and direction for this beautiful club’ between him and the board as he proceeded to thank everyone at Everton who he praised as ‘talented’ with ‘huge passion and commitment’ in their ambition to progress the club forward.
Concluding his statement, Brands went on to say: ‘I want to wish all of the squad every success, and I am convinced that there is enough quality to improve the current situation quickly.
‘It has been an honour for me to work at this fantastic club and I wish everyone associated with Everton the very best for the future.’
Everton also released a statement expressing their thanks to Brands for his service to the club and ‘wish him well for his future.’
The club will now hold a strategic review of their footballing structure in order to ‘inform the best model for the Club to proceed with in the long-term’ ahead of their planned move to Bramley Moore Dock Stadium in Summer 2024.
Everton are in action on Monday evening (6 December) as they host Arsenal live on Sky Sports in Monday Night Football with the board confirming that they ‘will continue to provide our manager, Rafa Benitez, with their full support.’