An article in The Mail claims that Manchester United are lining up Everton's Marcel Brands to be their first Director of Football.
Brands is credited with the successful recruitment of midfield trio Allan, Doucouré and Rodriguez, and this feat, combined with his Everton contract coming up for renewal next year, seems to have encouraged speculation among the tabloids.
But there is no consideration given to the fact that Marcel Brands is a director on the Board of Everton Football Club, and may indeed be committed to a longer-term involvement in matters Blue, with Carlo Ancelotti as manager challenged with building a side to compete with the likes of Manchester United and other members of the Big Six at the top end of the Premier League.
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1 Posted 22/11/2020 at 09:45:17
Another fact which most people won't know, those in charge at Ajax, the general director Edwin van der Sar, and director of football, Marc Overmars (the counterpart of Marcel Brands) feel that Ajax is getting too small for them. It's no secret that things have been run better at manure, where Van der Sar has played, and where they would like to see their ambitions furthured.
2 Posted 22/11/2020 at 10:26:22
File under “ overactive imagination” or “ pure bollocks”!
3 Posted 22/11/2020 at 10:41:09
4 Posted 22/11/2020 at 10:53:30
I remember Marcel Brands who only joined in 2018, did say it could possibly be a 5 year project, with all the mistakes that had gone on before. Simple arithmetic, would dictate that he has 3 years left.
Personally, I like the guy, and although he has made a couple of (seemingly) bloopers in the Transfer Market, on the whole his successes are outweighing his failures.
The added fact that he he is working alongside Carlo, and I believe they have a good working relationship, plus the new Stadium project, I can't see him even considering moving elsewhere no matter how attractive it appeared to be, 'The Devil You Know ' and all that.
5 Posted 22/11/2020 at 10:56:36
I for one hope this isnt true as recruiting players and removing rubbish has tended to be much more effective under his guidance. And, perception is that he works well with Ancelotti their vision on quality is joined up.
6 Posted 22/11/2020 at 11:50:41
7 Posted 22/11/2020 at 13:11:07
8 Posted 22/11/2020 at 15:57:57
What a complete joke, absolutely no chance, hes been a disaster for us, who has he signed?
Ancelotti brought Doucouré, James, Allan etc and Silva brought in Richarlison.
In my opinion those signings he has been directly involved with have been poor!!
9 Posted 22/11/2020 at 16:14:44
10 Posted 22/11/2020 at 17:42:40
11 Posted 22/11/2020 at 18:28:14
12 Posted 23/11/2020 at 00:05:42
It's not gonna happen.
13 Posted 23/11/2020 at 00:18:07
If he stays, then sometimes a degree of continuity is not the worst thing.
14 Posted 23/11/2020 at 01:20:14
Now this kid is electric from what I have seen of him both at United and previously Swansea, but seemingly can't get a game at United and is getting a bit frustrated by it.
Apparently we were very close to getting him from Swansea but he chose, or was persuaded towards Man Utd, which he retrospectively regrets.
I really like him, and not only in looks but also in style of play reminds me of another player we got from them, Andrei Kanchelskis!
What a player he was, and if Dan is even half as good, we can't go wrong. Let's hope there is some mileage in this.
15 Posted 23/11/2020 at 03:48:32
I'll admit I haven't watched a lot of James in action, but his stats worry me. I was surprised Utd moved for him based on his goals/assists per game stats at Swansea and his numbers at Man Utd don't really help his cause. To me, he seems like a kid who is very fast but not very good.
But, as I say, I haven't watched him much so I'm relying on stats which can be misleading. A recommendation coming from you, I take more seriously than most. So I'll keep an eye on him going forward to see if he has that Andrei magic.
16 Posted 23/11/2020 at 05:35:55
Bernard on a free? I would say a good signing. Gomes got a new spring with us, not a bad player. Iwobi, well he is still kind of a kinder egg, you'll never know what you get from one game to the next. Digne is a player I have known about and followed sporadically since he was 19 years old. I always thought he must be the perfect replacement for Baines, but I thought he was too big of a talent to sign for Everton.
When considering what we paid for our midfield three this summer, that tells at least me that Brands is a genius when it comes to making a bargain deal. The club has actually evolved in the last couple of years, so the players Brands first brought in are not necessarily what we need today, but still they will be useful squad players.
I like the idea of bringing in young talent, and letting them grow into great players, like Brands thinks, someone like Niels Nkounkou (the kiddo from Marseille). But I also love having Ancelotti as manager, but there you have two philosophies that crash.
Carlo is not here with us to run a farmer club; he has come to win trophies. So therefore we need to get the kind of players we saw coming this summer. James and Allan are exactly what we need to win things. Together with young players like Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. Our problem is the right side: we need to bring in two players that can do the same as our left side, and we are in a desperate need of a new goalie.
So, if we get three quality players in next summer, then I feel we are ready to challenge for a top four spot. And if I got a chance to give Carlo a advice, it would be, give the young players more game time, like Gordon and Nkounkou, even Davis.
To conclude, we can never allow Brands to leave – that will bankrupt us – if we have ambitions of winning things.
17 Posted 23/11/2020 at 07:47:57
I agree with comments above, his record for us has been patchy but we must consider club dynamics and his relationship with a manager who really wants a player; it's a balancing act of politics, no doubt. I think he will see the project through to the new stadium.
I am curious why Mosh has not extended his contract already. He is a classy guy who can seemingly pull off the odd blinder in the market.
What I would like to see from Marcel is a first-team ready bargain; they do exist... a real diamond (like Lamptey at Brighton for example) who doesn't cost the earth but improves us.
I would piss myself if Man Utd went for Walsh, I still feel anger towards that period of our recent history, the staggering incompetence (Gana aside) has hamstrung our development big time.
18 Posted 23/11/2020 at 09:28:04
My namesake was the one who signed Iwobi for close to £30M!! DoF is a modern football vital cog, fair enough, but if Brands left, he would be replaced. Move on. Next.
19 Posted 23/11/2020 at 10:46:45
It's difficult to judge a DOF without knowing how much influence he had over every decision. For example if we are to say that Richarlison was Silva's signing do we also say that Iwobi was Silva demanding a winger last minute?
If Brands leaves then someone else comes in. There are lots of talented DOFs out there. Steve Walsh is not on of them, he was a (talented) head scout not suitable to oversee the spending of vast quantities and his appointment is probably the worst decision this club has made in the last 6 years and set us back at a time where our improved finances should have moved us forwards.
20 Posted 23/11/2020 at 15:39:24
So after two and a half years his job is arguably just about half done. If he continues at the same rate of progress we have a chance of getting to where we all want to be by 2023, five years after his arrival.
He would do well to steer clear of Manchester United, a club which appears always to be looking for its next scapegoat.
21 Posted 24/11/2020 at 14:37:19
If Brands wishes to work for the Glazer children for marginally more money, then more fool him. The perception of the Man Utd brand is as different to reality as it's possible to be, something Brands will soon find out if he's daft enough to work there.
22 Posted 24/11/2020 at 16:19:55
- reduce playing staff and wage bill (deadwood)
- reduce age of playing staff
- conclude deals for specific individuals (Rodriguez and Allan) at good prices
- conclude deals for types of players identified as needed by the manager (eg, Doucouré)
- sort out academy structure / provide route to first team for young talent
On those measures, I think he's done okay. Still a work in progress of course but certainly moving in the right direction. And you can see why Man Utd might want something along those lines too.
23 Posted 24/11/2020 at 16:35:03
I think his contract is up the end of this season.
24 Posted 24/11/2020 at 17:20:24
25 Posted 24/11/2020 at 17:30:28
Provided he gets offered an extension and accepts it.
Other clubs, like Juventus, might be interested, but of course that may be just journalistic rubbish too.
He and Carlo work well together, apparently, so no reason to leave unless he gets an offer he can't refuse.
26 Posted 24/11/2020 at 20:12:36
He's been nothing short of underwhelming for us. Maybe he's just come at the wrong time or is he just not the well-connected mastermind he was sold to us as being. I'm not fussed if he moves on, to be honest.
27 Posted 25/11/2020 at 08:52:45
As a Director, his contract is a "Director's service contract" and will probably allow for continuity of service whilst having key dates for reviews of performance and remuneration etc.
Consequently, I don't believe that there is a prospect of him leaving in July 2021 nor of him "jumping ship" to go to Old Trafford.
The negotiations taking place in January are more likely to revolve around what has been achieved since he arrived, and what the plan and budget going forward are likely to be.
The remuneration package will, I expect, also be set at a basic salary with bonuses on achieved targets – as already mentioned by some – eg, reducing the average age of the playing staff generally, disposing of earmarked players as early as possible etc, and, no doubt, a bonus depending on where we finish in the league and cups etc.
28 Posted 25/11/2020 at 10:29:57
Of course James wouldn't have joined if Ancelotti didn't manage Everton. But Brands still will have played a role in the recruitment. And the same goes for other deals – the Iwobi deal will have been discussed with Silva, it's not like Brands pushes through while Silva doesn't want the player at all.
And I want to make the case in the Richarlison deal especially. People keep saying that is a 100% Silva deal. Yes, Richarlison and Silva knew and appreciated each other. But, before Richarlison went to Watford, he was widely mentioned in the Dutch press and was on Brands's radar already, as Director of Football at PSV.
I don't think Everton will fall apart without Brands and I am still waiting for some real gems, some real finds. But it is a bit rich to attribute every successful transfer to the manager and every less successful transfer to Brands.
29 Posted 25/11/2020 at 13:19:52
I think that the young French left-back we signed in the last window is a potential "gem", as is Branthwaite.
Hopefully there will be many more to follow.
30 Posted 25/11/2020 at 13:54:21
I would imagine that he would be involved in all transfers, that is in and out, and would confer with the manager on players on both men's radar while Mr Brands would also be able to take the initiative on promising young players seen as possible future first-team squad players.
And then there are the niceties of budgets and Uefa and Fifa regulations. A little more than seems to meet the eye.
31 Posted 25/11/2020 at 13:58:54
32 Posted 26/11/2020 at 10:18:30
Controlled midfield vs PSG, technically excellent, calm and composed, great range of passing, can shoot, good off the ball, always open for a pass, has a bit of pace, helps out defensively (di Maria dived for the pen) - looks a complete high-level midfielder to me.
Latest reports linking him to a bunch of clubs are quoting only €30M, which would be an absolute bargain. Would upgrade our midfield enormously.
33 Posted 26/11/2020 at 12:25:27
Sadly I strongly suspect that if/when he leaves Leipzig it will be for bigger club than us. The likes of Bayern and Man Utd have been linked with him already.
I also like Laimer from them, who's a more defensive player but is an absolute Duracell bunny and perhaps a bit more under the radar. He could play any of the midfield slots and offer something. Nkounkou is decent too, basically Leipzig are a pretty good team with excellent scouting department!
34 Posted 26/11/2020 at 12:30:18
35 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:31:05
And yes, Sabitzer likely will go to a major Champions League club, sadly. Who knows if the Carlo Factor could work its magic though, eh?!
36 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:40:52
Ornstein said: “There has been a lot of talk about Marcel Brands and Manchester United, Marcel Brands and other clubs, and thats because hes built a decent reputation as a director of football over the years and hes out of contract at Everton next summer. “Theres been no news on whats going to happen, but in terms of this proposed United role, Im not sure its a great fit because he has been so heavily involved in recruitment over the years now at Everton and previously at PSV Eindhoven. “As for Everton, Im told hes incredibly close to Carlo Ancelotti, he really likes the project at Goodison Park, but I think there has been some tension with the owner, Farhad Moshiri, and a lot of speculation over how heavily involved each man is in each transfer the club has conducted, so there is some uncertainty there.”
“Theres been no news on whats going to happen, but in terms of this proposed United role, Im not sure its a great fit because he has been so heavily involved in recruitment over the years now at Everton and previously at PSV Eindhoven.
“As for Everton, Im told hes incredibly close to Carlo Ancelotti, he really likes the project at Goodison Park, but I think there has been some tension with the owner, Farhad Moshiri, and a lot of speculation over how heavily involved each man is in each transfer the club has conducted, so there is some uncertainty there.”
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