Brands confident Everton can find success

Saturday, 10 November, 2018 18comments  |  Jump to last
Marcel Brands says that with an emphasis on patient structuring and teamwork, Everton will be able to build success despite the challenging Premier League landscape.

The Blues' impressive new Director of Football sat down with Paul Joyce of The Times and spoke of the ethos that has under-pinned his achievements at AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven in his native Netherlands.

It's an approach that is already evident at Finch Farm at Goodison Park where he has moved quickly to begin the process of addressing a shambolic and expensive recruitment policy under his predecessor, Steve Walsh, and then head coach, Ronald Koeman.

A bloated and imbalanced squad was pruned over the summer by Brands and new manager, Marco Silva, with some late additions on transfer deadline day rounding off what was a hugely successful transfer window.

As just the beginning of Brands's plans for Everton, it has generated much excitement in supporters, many of whom feel that the charismatic Dutchman could end up being the best signing the club made this year.

As Joyce explains, it was Brands's perceptive changes at team level and his personal engagement with Alkmaar's players that was one of the chief catalysts behind a stunning rise in the hitherto unfashionable Eredivisie team's fortunes a decade ago. He convinced Louis van Gaal to stay on as AZ's manager and the club embarked on a memorable title charge.

Replicating that success in the Premier League would appear to be an impossible task given the well-documented and increasing disparity between the so-called "big six" and the rest in England's top flight.

Brands and Silva have begun the process of trying to break that developing stranglehold on the top positions and domestic honours and he is convinced it can be done.

“If you look money-wise, then it looks an impossible job” Brands says, “but if you don't believe that you can achieve things because they look difficult, then you should not work in sport. Because in sport you can do a lot with teamwork.

“I always think the best players will never be champions. The best team will be champions. Manchester City has great players but they have a fantastic coach who makes a fantastic team. It is not only about good players because, if you look at the top five, top six then they all have good players.

“If we can do our job in the right way, then I am convinced we can be successful.”

Everton's summer transfer business began with offloading a good deal of the dead weight left over from Koeman's reign, with some players sold and others shipped out on loan.

The combination of that necessity, the need for the new management duo to assess their new charges and the World Cup meant that the recruitment of new talent came late in the window but it has proved hugely successful thus far, with Bernard, André Gomes and Kurt Zouma demonstrable successes in addition to Richarlison and Lucas Digne who arrived earlier in the process. Yerry Mina, the sixth acquisition, is expected to finally make his first start for the Blues this weekend.

“I always say I prefer to have the right player a day later than the wrong player a day earlier," Brands says., "but I want to do it perfect and it was not perfect yet. That is a goal you must have.

“You see now the team is growing and you see the work of Marco. He is a modern coach, he works hard every day. The players see, and feel, there is improvement and that is always the best motivation.

“The last two years were a little bit unstable. It is important to get more stability and then you can change some structures, bring in some ideas and build something. If you want to take care of the youth academy, for example, it takes time. That is not a result you get next week. I am very happy but I always say that when the people in the club are proud, I did my job well.”

 

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Roy Steel
2 Posted 10/11/2018 at 16:48:04
At last, a man who talks sense and seems to know about football and footballers. Hasn’t got his head up his arse. NSNO
Dermot Byrne
3 Posted 10/11/2018 at 16:54:56
But I want it NOW!

Seriously, great to read his views.

Liam Reilly
4 Posted 10/11/2018 at 17:14:05
Agree, Brands could prove to be the best signing we've made this summer. Seems to ooze class and winning mentality.
John G Davies
5 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:04:31
His and Marco's confidence is giving the fans confidence. The positivity is far outweighing the negativity. Very rare to hear a Blue talking negatively recently.
Martin Berry
6 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:14:07
This bloke knows what it's about!
Paul Ellam
7 Posted 10/11/2018 at 19:47:32
Encouraging!
Derek Knox
8 Posted 10/11/2018 at 19:53:35
Endorsing the above comments, I really do like this guy, it's a great pity that we didn't get him just after Farhad took over, the amount of over-priced and poor signings that have been made in the last two years would not have been made.

The money which has been wasted, would and could have been spent on similar calibre signings that he has made in his first window.

I know it's water under the bridge and can't be reversed, but I suppose 'better late than never' applies here.

On a lighter note, I was reading somewhere that he has been likened in appearance to Harrison Ford, what? Maybe from the Pier Head to Birkenhead on a foggy morning!

More like Henry, Glenn or even Betty!

Lewis Barclay
9 Posted 10/11/2018 at 20:06:34
Genuine belief in Brands.
Jamie Crowley
10 Posted 10/11/2018 at 20:34:36
I love this man.
Jay Wood
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11 Posted 10/11/2018 at 20:56:36
Doesn't sound like a man ready to walk away from the club in the wake of the ban imposed on Academy recruitment as claimed by some in recent days.

I'm surprised the following article from the Echo this week wasn't given any attention here on TW. It gives fascinating insights into Brands's achievements and how he works from someone who worked alongside him in Holland.

Inside Marcel Brands's mind – Revolutionising PSV, his Hirving Lozano discovery and what it means for Everton

After reading it I am less concerned at the English ban on recruiting players for two years, but rather, looking forward at who he resources from distant corners of the globe. And not just potential for the Academy, but pushing for a first team start.

Marcus Leigh
12 Posted 10/11/2018 at 21:00:08
Finally, it seems we have people at the club we can actually trust and believe in. I honestly think there's a genuine vision here and that those involved have the expertise to be able to pull it off. Clearly it won't happen overnight, but for now the future's bright – the future's royal blue.
Fran Mitchell
13 Posted 10/11/2018 at 21:05:28
The guy just seems to know what he is doing, while Walsh seemed to be riding on his Leicester rep which seems like fluke.

Not sure if we'll ever challenge for the title, but I'm sure Saturdays will be a more enjoyable experience with this guy at the club.

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 11/11/2018 at 08:52:26
I have been impressed with Brands. Everton are definitely heading in the right direction.
Mark Andersson
15 Posted 11/11/2018 at 11:57:15
So far so good... but still early days... I got sucked in with Martinez say no more...
David Ellis
16 Posted 12/11/2018 at 02:22:40
What is remarkable is that all 6 signings Brands has made have started so well. Zouma, Gomes, Bernard, Richarlison, Mina & Digne. The only reason they aren't all automatic starters is because Silva has transformed Michael Keane. Normally we'd settle for 50% of transfers turning out okay (and under Koeman & Walsh it was much less than that).

It's this success rate that really encourages me - clarity of thinking and no compromise on quality. With this groundwork done we no longer need "just to get bodies in" – we have good players already. Now it's about the teamwork.

Si Cooper
17 Posted 12/11/2018 at 02:47:17
Leicester City have already proved that you don't necessarily have to have the creme de la creme of players to put together a team capable of winning the title. Spurs have shown that the right manager / coach and recruitment can make a big difference. If there is a big enough pool of players and coaches available, then they can't all be hoarded by the reputed top six.

Of course, to break into the top six and stay there is going to take more than chancing on the right mix of only a dozen or so players, which is why the likes of Allardyce aren't good enough for a club with real ambition. He would never have even been able to attract the likes of Richarlison, Digne, Gomes, Bernard and Mina, even in the unlikely event that they would have been on his radar.

They still have a lot to prove, but Silva and Brands make me feel a lot more optimistic that they can use Moshiri's money effectively.

Craig Walker
18 Posted 12/11/2018 at 13:47:47
I'm really encouraged by what is happening at Goodison Park.

Like Mark says, I was convinced that we were on to something in Roberto's first season when we beat United and drew at the Emirates in a space of a week. He then did an interview with fan websites represented and he talked utter sense. It seemed like a breath of fresh air from the 'plucky old Everton' days of Moyes. I was convinced we were heading back to the big time.

I'm going to keep my feet on the ground for the moment and just enjoy the games again. I'm still dreading going to Anfield.

Bob Parrington
19 Posted 13/11/2018 at 04:24:11
Agreeeeeeeeeeeeed!

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