In a feature documentary aired on Sky Sports (Wednesday 19th at 6.30pm), Carlo Ancelotti has provided an insight into Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands.
Brands was part of the Toffees hierarchy when the decision was made to appoint Ancelotti as Marco Silva’s successor in mid-December, and the current Everton boss has spoken highly of what the Dutchman brings to the table.
He said (as quoted by the club’s official website): “The fact he wants to know everything about the players, I think is good because everyone can see the technical ability of a player but it is difficult to know the real character of the player.
“This is one of the most important parts when you recruit a player. The fact Marcel has this kind of ability is important for the club.”
Having a strong relationship between the manager and director of football is imperative for any football club. Getting that synergy between the two, and ensuring they are on the same page on matters like who to sign and who to sell is vital.
If there is any strains in the partnership, then that can lead to poor decisions being made, and lack of responsibility being taken for mistakes. It becomes a case of passing on the buck, and not really sorting out the real issues at hand.
Ancelotti’s comments on Brands seems to suggest that the duo are on excellent working terms, with the former seemingly impressed by the latter’s attention to detail and insistence on finding out a player’s character.
Having had numerous managers and a high turnover of the playing staff at Everton, Ancelotti and Brands could be a well-functioning partnership for the long-term.