Everton name Marcel Brands director of football

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The Dutchman joins from PSV and replaces the outgoing Steve Walsh after a challenging season for the Toffees

Everton have announced that Marcel Brands has been hired as the club's new director of football.

Brands joins from PSV, where he helped the Dutch club win the 2017-18 Eredivisie title as their sporting director. 

The 56-year-old Dutchman replaces Steve Walsh, who leaves the Toffees after two seasons.

Walsh follows Sam Allardyce out the door after Everton also announced on Wednesday that the manager would not be continuing with the club in 2018-19. 

The changes were expected at Everton after a disappointing season that saw the Toffees finish in eighth place in the Premier League, failing to improve following a summer spend of nearly £200 million ($270m).

Brands, along with new chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, will select the new Everton manager. 

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"It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge," Brands said in a club statement. 

“It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements.

"Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” 

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