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.”
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1 Posted 07/06/2018 at 21:32:38
How very 1980s, but you'd expect nothing less from TalkSport. In the modern era, Brands only needs to let slip to the player's agent that they'd consider a bid and the agent would be looking for a new club. The agent will probably be looking anyway. And if Brands really wants shut of a player, we simply hire an agent to find our player a new club.
Which is the opposite of this is Brands being hit up by agents, and those purporting to be agents of players, trying to secure a deal. Carvalho to Everton could be nothing more than an agent trying to make it happen, and then player and manager like the sound of it and, before you know it, a deal is done.
It's a very murky world out there with football agents involved. There's no need for a transfer list these days.
2 Posted 07/06/2018 at 22:01:43
Rectifying this mess of a squad is going to take time. But the longest journey starts with the first step. And Brands has started down that long road. It'll all get done in time.
Let the Billionaire owner concern himself with the cost of it and we can focus on what happens on the pitch.
3 Posted 07/06/2018 at 22:03:44
4 Posted 07/06/2018 at 22:15:45
5 Posted 07/06/2018 at 22:32:36
6 Posted 07/06/2018 at 22:34:42
Perhaps Marco can yet make a Silva Purse from a 🐖's liver.
7 Posted 07/06/2018 at 23:17:08
It's probably only media speculation admittedly, but nevertheless a bit worrying that the ones we are being linked with are all expensive household names. I was hoping the Dynamic Duo would unearth some gems.
Otherwise, there could be a chance of history repeating itself, please no. Hopefully I am wrong.
8 Posted 08/06/2018 at 00:17:25
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10 Posted 08/06/2018 at 04:35:15
Brands will have to sell players that he can sell: Niasse, Lookman, and other young players who have potential. A lot depends on how certain players respond to Silva's coaching and his ability to bring out the best in players.
Sorry if this appears low expectation stuff, but I am going on my past experience of Everton's transfer sagas. I think I will concentrate on the World Cup and come back to this in August. Really, I don't have time for the inevitable media-induced fantasy of June and July. Brands and Silva are going to have their work cut out for them. My expectations are low for this Summer.
11 Posted 08/06/2018 at 04:51:49
12 Posted 08/06/2018 at 05:00:07
13 Posted 08/06/2018 at 08:33:49
Let's see what the new management team achieve in a very tight window. At least Silva hopefully will be at Finch Farm / Goodison Park for most of the time.
I recall Bobby Brown Shoes on his jollies in Brazil in 2014, and the preseason fixtures were a joke.
Where's the time gone, scary... Hence the priority to get the club on a realistic course to better times.
14 Posted 08/06/2018 at 08:43:02
It's going to be a very interesting run-up to the season and we have been informed well in advance of the Brands - Silva axis and what its all about. It's all very refreshing from the vague Koeman and the blustering Allardyce; I think the Everton board have mad two masterstroke signings here.
As for Everton being a big club, possibly bigger than PSV, I think that it is dawning on Marcel having seen the facilities at Finch Farm, the fan base, and the proposed stadium move, just how big this club can become.
15 Posted 08/06/2018 at 09:48:50
Some of the outgoing players will have contributed to an 8th place finish. There are clubs out there who will be willing to pay decent money if they can get 8th-place level players. They will improve many lower clubs' squads.
16 Posted 08/06/2018 at 09:50:32
17 Posted 08/06/2018 at 09:55:44
I think it was Winston Bogarde at Chelski who refused to leave because the wages were so good. A handful of appearances over four years but he stayed for the money.
18 Posted 08/06/2018 at 09:56:58
This will not go unnoticed in dealing with players, who have been able to swing the lead obtaining good extended contract terms under four previous Managers and players who have been brought in on inflated contracts.
These players won't give a damn about the vision of Brands and Silva. Everything they do will be determined by their contract and their agents' advice, which will have nothing to do with football.
Lookman is looking a more honest guy by the day, as are other young players who followed suit to try to earn their wages and progress their careers. It's by encouraging these type of players that Brands will make his mark, but he will get bogged down with the mercenary types and has already shown a negotiating weakness.
The extent of his involvement in the Silva negotiations will be telling.
19 Posted 08/06/2018 at 10:27:41
Or if you really want to railroad them then have them sat on the bench at the U-18s or have security hold them at the gate for 10 minutes then dock them 2 weeks wages for being late for training. I would imagine that a local move and a payoff so they don't have to move house might do it for some, similar to Barry.
I would hope we don't go down some of those paths but as a Pilot (those mentioned in the bible) friend used to say; "There's more ways of killing a cat than sucking it brains out through it's arse."
20 Posted 08/06/2018 at 10:42:18
This is hopefully the first step towards shedding the "jobs for the boys" mentality that has persisted for decades, renewing contracts for players well past their prime.
It may well turn out to be a very tough job getting rid of players deemed surplus to requirements given the often over inflated wages some are on and trying to reduce the losses incurred on transfer fees for said wood.
Patience will be required from all sides and time will need to be given, I think at least 4 transfer windows realisticaly to change wholesale the make up and quality of the squad.
21 Posted 08/06/2018 at 10:49:34
Anybody want to make a guess at how many and what names appear on it?
22 Posted 08/06/2018 at 10:56:17
23 Posted 08/06/2018 at 10:56:49
24 Posted 08/06/2018 at 11:11:22
25 Posted 08/06/2018 at 11:41:43
How do you move on failed wasters and underperforming players like Williams, Schneiderlin, Bolasie and squad players not up to it like Martina, Sandro, Klaassen, and Besic to name a handful coupled with finding replacements for players that are slowing down, like Baines?
Then you need to go out and find at least three top quality players that will make a difference to the starting team – not squad.
All in just exactly the space of two months starting today!
26 Posted 08/06/2018 at 12:03:04
I just hope Silva is happy with the set-up. I don't know of any other Premier League club where the DoF has such a high profile.
27 Posted 08/06/2018 at 12:19:29
There will always be a risk of friction between a coach/manager and a DoF I suppose but in practical terms I don't see how a modern set up can fail but have this type of arrangement. Just think a minute about all the things one person acting alone would need to be doing these days – coaching, recruitment home and abroad, player sales, contract talks with agents, player disputes, accountability to ever-more involved club owners, keeping a squad of 30+ happy, dealing with an often hostile media etc.
You have to smile if you were to compare this with for example the Catterick era – Catterick had a first-team squad of fewer than 20; would often choose not to talk to the media; could buy and sell players on his own volition and without having to deal with agents; and apparently he didn't even do that much on the training ground, only donning a tracksuit if the TV cameras were paying a visit.
28 Posted 08/06/2018 at 12:25:06
They've had a few duds too of course.
Now they're adding Keita, Fabinho and possibly Fekir. They'll contend at the very top next season.
We have a long, long way to go. Good luck Marcel.
29 Posted 08/06/2018 at 12:30:04
On the plus side, don't we still have the funds from the Arteta sale hidden down the back of the sofa?
30 Posted 08/06/2018 at 12:42:21
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32 Posted 08/06/2018 at 13:28:15
The busy job will be organising the players into a decent system, and installing consistency. We only have a few weeks after the World Cup to do that. Good luck.
33 Posted 08/06/2018 at 13:51:53
The transfer fees are no longer the issue, if you want top players you have to pay top wages, unfortunately. Brands has a huge task to offload these players, as they aren't gonna move unless offered equal money elsewhere.
The Koeman 'project' is gonna ring in our ears for a while, unfortunately. We have to give this management team time, but of course they won't get that from a lot of our fan base. Hope the board can forgive a few seasons of mediocrity while we sort this mess out, and ignore the screams and moans.
34 Posted 08/06/2018 at 13:57:42
35 Posted 08/06/2018 at 14:33:56
Given very few of those have exactly covered themselves in glory and will therefore carry modest valuations, especially with the over-blown wages they will be on, that won't represent much of a budget, your local Spar rather than Harrod's.
It is so dispiriting that our one half-chance to take a step forward, with the first time in living memory when we actually had some serious net funds to spend, has left us nowhere further forward.
Silva's appointment, which I was not all that enthusiastic about, now makes a bit more sense. He is going to have to squeeze something better out of the sow's ear he is inheriting. Maybe that is something he and Brands will be good at, but I for one am adjusting my sights for next season, and it's not upwards.
36 Posted 08/06/2018 at 15:09:40
The Carabao League Cup has scrapped extra time and will go straight to penalties because the little overworked lambs that are only on £90,000 a week are feeling fatigued... boo hoo hoo.
I remember when football was a game players and managers actually enjoyed being part of; now it's just a way to earn billionaire salaries as quick as is possible .
37 Posted 08/06/2018 at 16:12:25
World Cup close seasons are more of a lottery than the usual close season window,and I for one would be content with the new management team working damned hard with the core of what we have, shipping out the write-offs that they see, with Moshiri leading the Board to make real progress on Bramley-Moore Dock. Without that, we are wasting our time in the long term.
Losing Lukaku, failing to replace him, and wasting upwards of £100m net on a dog's dinner of recruits will have medium-term ramifications, I regret to say.
39 Posted 08/06/2018 at 16:57:53
40 Posted 08/06/2018 at 16:58:30
So much for Moshiri changing the sell-to-buy regime that Everton had before he arrived.
41 Posted 08/06/2018 at 17:16:12
42 Posted 08/06/2018 at 17:35:07
43 Posted 08/06/2018 at 17:44:04
Now it's all about top 4 and the Champions League and money money money.
44 Posted 08/06/2018 at 17:44:06
45 Posted 08/06/2018 at 18:01:17
I'd think that it's just the same silly spouting off by any regular journalist around this time of the year!
We knew we had a wealthy (but not sheikh-wealthy) new owner. The journos won't have the brain-capacity to understand the economic rules constraining football clubs now, even if it hit them face-on, and they couldn't care less about Everton's wage bill, or the team's needs, even if they did...
At 50, I've finally been able to laugh at all transfer speculations in the media about Everton, when we had no manager, nor new DoF in place yet... And we all knew nothing would happen until well after they were in place!
When you see that nicely non-threatening Everton Club official in a picture with a former non-Everton player holding a pen, that is the time to believe what you see/read!
46 Posted 08/06/2018 at 18:06:18
47 Posted 08/06/2018 at 18:08:18
Sensible, planned and transparent. He has already in his nascent tenure brought a professionalism to Everton which has been sadly missing for years.
The People's Club and family thing we have is often conflated with a cosy, old boys style network, when ruthless and professional has been required.
Brands, moreover his position, is without doubt the keystone to progress. Let's hope Everton exploit his talent to the fullest and don't try to bespoke, erm half-ass the DoF as we did with Walsh.
48 Posted 08/06/2018 at 18:17:06
This is no different. Last season was probably the most expensive season of pure dross served up by any football club, anywhere at any point in history to now. The most expensive season of dross ever!!!
For what it's worth, I think Moshiri will spend money. And I think he'll spend a good chunk of it. But it will be on people that Brands and Silva want, and can explain why they want them and why they'll make us better. But they'll have to earn his trust first. I don't think he'll put a hundred million before the horse again, so to speak.
49 Posted 09/06/2018 at 06:49:56
"A 1-year contract with the option of a further year would have been better." — Sorry, no. We've been through this before. 2-year minimum. 3 years is just fine.
Everton have the worst player contract terms in the Premier League. — Really? Somehow, I don't think you have a shred of evidence to support such a basically meaningless "observation".
You're just making stuff up.
50 Posted 09/06/2018 at 08:14:21
The FA Cup is changing to accommodate the February break by moving the 5th round ties to mid week without replays. 3rd and 4th round ties remain as they are now. Prize money is also being doubled from 2019. Far from being devalued or dead the cup is being given a new lease of life.
The FA have a responsibility to football as a whole and the changes attempt to address several issues facing the game.
We might mourn the loss of the FA cup that we knew and loved but lets not bury ourselves in its coffin.
51 Posted 13/06/2018 at 20:01:15
52 Posted 13/06/2018 at 20:37:26
53 Posted 13/06/2018 at 21:21:55
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