Everton must strive to agree a new contract with Director of Football Marcel Brands, after talks were muted for the man Carlo Ancelotti feels is doing a “fantastic job”.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are expected to open discussions with Brands over extending his time at Goodison Park following the turn of year.
The 58-year-old is set to be out of contract next summer but Toffees chiefs favour holding off talks with senior staff until they are in the final months of their current deals, and will continue on this path with Brands.
Everton value the work Brands has carried out since arriving in 2018 from PSV Eindhoven and believe that the Merseyside club will benefit from the continuity the Dutchman – who also sits on the board of directors – can offer.
Brands was highly influential in the Goodison Park outfit’s transfer activity this summer, having had to reach an agreement with Real Madrid over James Rodriguez’s remaining salary in order to secure what is now said to have been a free transfer.
The former PSV chief also laid out the groundwork for Ben Godfrey’s £20million move from Norwich City, while Brands’ framework for potential targets also led to the capture of Niels Nkounkou following his release by Olympique de Marseille.
While Everton’s hierarchy are open to waiting until the New Year before holding talks with Brands, it is crucial for the Goodison Park outfit’s continued success in the transfer market that they strike an agreement with the Dutchman to extend his contract.
Everton’s transfer record since his arrival in 2018 has featured far more hits than misses, with Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina and Bernard all acquired during his first window at the club.
Brands then followed those deals up with a permanent agreement with FC Barcelona for Gomes in 2019, while adding Rodriguez, Allan, Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.
Last year’s arrivals in Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Fabian Delph may have struggled since their moves, with the former since starting just 19 Premier League games, the Italian leaving for PSG on loan this summer and the later frequently missing game time through injuries. But overall, Everton’s transfer business has been successful and inspired their unbeaten start to the current campaign.
Brands also has the respect of manager Ancelotti, who endorsed a new contract for the Dutchman following their first summer transfer market working together.
“What can I say? He is doing a fantastic job and he has done a fantastic job,” said Ancelotti earlier this month, via quotes by the Daily Mail. “I have a fantastic relationship with him, the board still has a fantastic relationship with him.”
While Everton are open to waiting until the New Year to hold discussions with Brands, the Blues must ensure that a deal is ultimately secured.