Everton are entering a new era under the stewardship of manager Rafa Benitez, and there’s set to be significant unrest as the alterations take time to come to the fore.
Former director of football Marcel Brands followed ex-board member Sarvar Ismailov in departing the Merseyside outfit last week as owner Farhad Moshiri attempts to usher in a new-look setup.
However, the changes perhaps won’t go far enough for some. The Liverpool ECHO’s Phil Kirkbride has provided a behind-the-scenes update on Everton’s of the club’s plans post-Brands, outlining their reluctance to make any ‘radical’ changes.
Kirkbride’s report states that: “The existing board are set to lead a ‘strategic review’ of the club’s football structure following Brands’ departure as director of football after three-and-a-half years.
“The ECHO has been told that there is not expected to be a ‘radical’ overhaul of the club’s scouting and medical operations but the powers are looking at ‘streamlining’ how they work.”
In recent years, Everton have become a byword for underachievement. The arrival of Moshiri back in 2016 brought a new wave of hope and optimism as it seemed the club finally had the finances to support their true potential.
But the Blues’ hierarchy splashed their newfound wealth with reckless abandon, bringing in an extensive list of underwhelming purchases for astronomical fees.
The likes of Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Davy Klaassen were brought in without much thought as to where they would play, what benefit they would bring to the team and whether or not their price tags represented value for money.
A recent report by Football365 outlined the net spending from Premier League clubs since Moshiri took over the reins at Everton. And it doesn’t make for pretty reading for the Toffees.
Only four clubs have splashed more than the Goodison Park outfit’s total of £233.92m during the Iranian businessman’s time at the club, with their limited spending in the most recent window due to Financial Fair Play regulations stopping them from being higher up the table.
Some of English football’s elite sides, such as Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and European Champions Chelsea have spent less than Everton in recent years, highlighting the gross mismanagement of the club.
Therefore, Kirkbride’s latest revelation will surely leave large sections of the fanbase fuming. League finishes of 7th, 8th, 8th, 12th and 10th have not offered a substantial return for their excessive outlay, meaning fundamental changes are needed.
If Everton are to finally catch up to English football’s elite, then a total revamp of their scouting operation and recruitment process is needed, not a token gesture. Everton fans should be rightfully fuming with this latest update.