Toffees switch it up, as Moyes gets on the move
Everton’s summer restructuring is under way after manager Sam Allardyce was sacked and PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands (above) arrived to replace director of football Steve Walsh.
Both departures were expected as the pair paid the price for poor performance on the field and disappointing business off it, after the biggest transfer spend in the club’s history – almost £200 million (Dh991.8m) – backfired.
Brands spent eight years at PSV and signed players like Georginio Wijnaldum, Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens relatively cheaply. He will be tasked with the search for a new manager along with new chief executive Denise Barrett Baxendale and deputy chairman Keith Harris, whose promotions were only announced on Tuesday evening.
Marco Silva is the favourite to take over after a failed bid to secure him from Watford in November.
Meanwhile, West Ham are back on the hunt for a “high-calibre” manager after opting not to extend the contract of David Moyes.
Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss Moyes lifted the Hammers out of the relegation zone after replacing Slaven Bilic on a short-term contract in November.
But an eventual 13th-placed finish, was apparently not enough to earn the 55-year-old Scot a new deal.