Marcel Brands says he has been impressed by the warmth of the welcome he received at Everton as well as the professionalism he has encountered as he nears the end of his first week as the club's Director of Football.
Having decided to leave PSV Eindhoven after eight years, the Dutchman was appointed to the role in mid-May, coinciding with the departure from the role of Steve Walsh, but he didn't officially start until last Friday.
He toured Everton's USM Finch Farm training complex with David Unsworth and met the rest of the staff on his first day and on Monday he conducted his first public business when he introduced Marco Silva as the club's new manager.
Speaking with evertontv, Brands spoke of how he has been settling in and what his priorities are between now and the start of the 2018-19 season a little over two months away.
“One of the questions I was asked was, 'Can you compare coming from a big club like PSV to Everton?“ Brands said. “I think this club is even bigger.
“It is a huge club with [a] huge [fanbase] and playing in a huge competition. So compared to PSV, I am coming from one big club to another big club.”
With the confirmation of Silva as head coach out of the way, Brands can now focus on what he acknowledges is the big task of reshaping the squad before the transfer window closes on the 9th of August.
He has not been reticent when it comes to the need to offload a number of players — the suggestion was made on talkSPORT earlier today that a long list of transfer listed personnel has been circulated to potentially interested clubs — while he and Silva start the process of targeting new signings to improve the team.
“Because of the time of the year, you have to focus on the transfer window and the most important thing is to prepare a good squad for next season,” Brands explained.
“So I will spend most of the time spent preparing for the 2nd of July when we start [pre-season training but also] for the beginning of August when the transfer window will close in England. We we will have a busy job to make a good squad.
“We have a lot of players and some we will have to sell. We have to analyse the squad and find a few targets that we want as new signings.
“I think [looking at the squad] has been the most important thing,” he continued. “We have a lot of good players and a lot of good young talent. We also have a few players coming back from loan periods.
“So first of all we have to look at our own squad — which players we can decide can go on for next season and some players that don't have prospects here. Maybe we have to offload them. Maybe there will be some interest from other clubs.
“So we have to take decisions in that period and that will be one of the most important things.”