Danny Donachie back at Finch Farm as Everton appoint Mendes

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Everton have appointed Bruno Mendes as their new Head of Performance and also brought former head of medicine, Danny Donachie, back to the club as Head of Therapy Services.

The creator of the renowned Benfica LAB, Mendes is seen as a key appointment by new manager Marco Silva to his backroom staff which has been augmented by assistant manager João Pedro, goalkeeping coach Hugo Olivera, scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceição.

Donachie, meanwhile, returns after being let go in somewhat controversial circumstances under Roberto Martinez's tenure.

Martinez had a number of disagreements with Donachie over the treatment of injuries and recovery times, most notably regarding James McCarthy's hamstring issues in the 2014-15 season, and was let go during that campaign.

He had been with the Blues for a decade and went on to join the staff at Aston Villa but, having recently left the Midlands club, he is back at Finch Farm.  

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Stephen Davies
1 Posted 08/07/2018 at 12:31:40
Danny Donachie back at Everton... now that's a turn up for the books.
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 08/07/2018 at 15:48:35
Good news on Donachie. Seemed very strange hat Martinez thought he knew better than this guy.

The Benfica analyst is a coup, being highly regarded. I know some of you don't like this kind of thing but at least we're keeping up with the others in an appointment like this.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 08/07/2018 at 15:52:25
Roberto did have a first aid certificate so he probably thought he had sufficient medical knowledge to do away with all the sports scientists and related boffins.
Jay Wood

4 Posted 08/07/2018 at 16:03:37
Two good signings. Donachie is extremely highly regarded in his field, and in his first time around at Everton.

Martinez, with his degree in physiotherapy (though I have yet to read of any evidence that he has ever practised it), clearly was in conflict with Donachie back in the day.

In Roberto's first 18 months, Everton had 20 short to long-term hamstring injuries. Who was to blame for such a high number? The manager, his training staff and the training methods, or the physio for not repairing them quick enough for the manager's liking..?

A nice auxiliary and support team Silva and Brands are putting together.

Jack Convery
5 Posted 08/07/2018 at 17:07:06
Good appointments. Glad Donachie is back.

A bad decision by Martinez that's been rectified and tells me things at Finch Farm are improving – otherwise, why would he come back?

Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 08/07/2018 at 19:37:31
Good plannIng by M&M. The rebuilding is being carefully undertaken. Now for a few good deals in the market.

Roy Johnstone
7 Posted 08/07/2018 at 19:48:09
Let's hope Bobby doesn't win the World Cup. It will justify every mistake he ever made. Not just with us.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 09/07/2018 at 12:20:45
Has Bruno Mendes worked with Marco Silva previously?
Jay Wood

9 Posted 09/07/2018 at 12:50:17
Dave @ 8.

Not that I'm aware of Dave.

Of course, both being Portuguese and both having worked in Lisbon at the same time for their respective city rivals they will certainly know each other.

Have you seen the Echo link offering more insight into Mendes Dave? It appears to be nothing more than a straight copy-paste from Mendes' own profile description on his LinkedIn account, but it does offer some insight into his probable role.


Given that he and Donachie were appointed on the same day, I thought this particular passage was revealing:

"It is my responsibility to liaise with the main team, working closely on the pitch with both players and coaches, contributing actively to the straight and conditioning processes, with personalized fitness solutions for each player’s needs.

"Furthermore, I'm also responsible for the prevention and recovery of injuries sustained by players."

Based on the last sentence in particular, it is reasonable to conclude Donachie and Mendes will be working closely together and that there are now clear lines of responsibility established on that issue at the club.

Mads Kamp
10 Posted 09/07/2018 at 13:28:56
#7 Roy

I think he will...

I know its controversial but IMO it was a mistake to get rid of Roberto.

Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 09/07/2018 at 19:53:49
Mads (#10), I liked Roberto Martines, I believe that he had his hands tied as far as transfers, even the Lukaku signing was on drip feed.

Was Koeman doing a better job than him? Let's hope that Silva takes us on to where we should be.

Paul Mackay
12 Posted 09/07/2018 at 21:22:43
You boys must be suffering from short-term memory loss. Martinez took a fine Moyes squad and slowly destroyed it over 3 years, for which we have still not recovered. Some of the football at the end was truly dreadful.
Jay Harris
13 Posted 10/07/2018 at 02:29:39
Spot on, Paul. Martinez and Everton should never be mentioned in the same sentence.
Derek Thomas
14 Posted 10/07/2018 at 03:51:53
McCarthy's run of consecutive appearances (disables sarcastic font) give us the winner in the Martinez fitness regime Vs Donachie/whole of Moyes fitness team debate.

Add in Osman's 'Moyes's softest training day was harder than Martinez's hardest day' comment. There was a time when you couldn't move for the twanging of hamstrings.

Roy Johnstone @7; The only thing it would confirm would be the Belgium FA's decision to hire him.

It may turn out that his best work is done as an International, coach... having some top class players never hurts too... in the short term/burst manner that is International Football, rather than the 10 months of Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday in the league, aka – gives him less time to fuck them up... because that's what happened with us.

Brendan Woods
15 Posted 10/07/2018 at 07:21:55
Both look like good appointments, Tim Cahill makes mention of Donachie and the impact he had on him several times in his book; it seems like players and clients only have good things to say about him.
Steve Ferns
16 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:28:29
Having had a chance to see Bruno Mendes at work, it is clear to see that he has in fact replaced Rylands Morgan. It is clear that Pedro Conceicao and Bruno Mendes are working together in doing fitness coaching. I assume Bruno then takes it to the next level and analyses the data in his "lab".

The fact that Mendes came in so soon after Morgan left speaks volumes for me. Clearly, the former is a direct replacement for the latter.

Pedro Conceicao is a trusted Silva Lieutenant, with him since day one at Estoril. Clearly, he is someone who knows how to tailor the fitness coaching to match the output needed on the pitch for Silva's preferred tactics. Obviously it's no good coaching the side to be marathon runners if you play a slow possession game, where explosive power would be better, and stamina is not as essential.

How Conceicao and Mendes overlap will be of interest. Clearly they are working in tandem right now.

Jamie Evans
17 Posted 10/07/2018 at 14:15:50
Mind full?

Or mindful?

Danny knows it would appear.

Geoff Lambert
18 Posted 12/07/2018 at 13:03:18
World Cup all done... now come on the Premier League.

Hoping to see a new Everton this year! Pressing attacking football please, Marco.

We need at least 3 new players in. And clear out the rest of them: not good enough.


Steve Ferns
19 Posted 12/07/2018 at 13:15:17
Geoff, it should be counter attacking, with a pressing game. This is not quite at Klopp or Guardiola levels of counter-attacking though.

Silva's unstoppable Olympiacos were said to love counter attacking so much that they would "gift possession to the opposition" just so they could counter attack them!

This sounds rather defensive, and it is. But it's the kind of defensive that we should like. That is, determined to win the ball back and full blooded tackles. When we win the ball it's all about getting the ball forwards quickly. No, not Sam Allardyce style hoofs, but long balls with a purpose. Trying to get on the front foot and attack. So it does become attacking football.

I think we'll enjoy it. Silva is also a pragmatist. He will change formations, he will change tactics, he is not just stuck in his ways, like Koeman and Martinez were.

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