The recent early success of Everton FC this season reflects the work of their sporting director, Marcel Brands.
To many, the current English Premiership log leaders momentum is owed to the Italian Manager, Carlo Ancelotti and the players, but who organizes and outline the club scouting protocols?
As a norm, the FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) looks at the man (Brands) and the work he has done for the ‘Toffees’ as their technical supremo.
1. Who is Marcel Brands?
Martinus Wilhelmus Brands was born on the 16th March 1962 (age 58) at a place called Den Bosch in the Netherlands.
As a calculated central midfielder, he played professionally for the following clubs, Den Bosch, RKC Waalwijk, NAC Breda, RKC Waalwijk, Feyenoord, RKC Waalwijk and OJC Rosmalen.
2. Sporting Director
The position of Sporting Director or Director of Football is respected in Europe, especially by teams in Spain, Italy and England. This specialised and expert-driven football position is positioned at executive and management level within a club. In case of Brands, his executive-technical mandate include the following:
• Creating a club scouting policy for the senior and youth teams or endorsing the club scouting policy if present
• Manage the entire club scouting programme
• Manage the club scouting networks
• Manage the club scouting budget
• Approve the scouting programmes in and outside of England
• Conduct local, regional, national and international workshops for scouts associated with the club
3. Synergy with Ancelotti
Perhaps the most important function of the sporting director (Brands) is the close working relationship with the senior coach (Ancelotti).
Both individuals have impeccable accolades, with Brands overseeing a tremendous success at PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente as a technical director, whilst Ancelotti is a UEFA Champions League winner and a multiple coach of some of the best clubs in Europe, including, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
Thus a synergistic relationship and respect of each other’s abilities and technical jurisdictions is paramount. Brands leads a process of player recruitment but in close consultation with Ancelotti.
4. 2020/21 season recruitment
The pair have since collaborated efficiently in bringing the talent to Everton. This season saw the arrival of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Allan from Napoli, amongst the key notable signings.
Both Rodriguez and Allan have augmented a running machine, by adding finesse, technical mastery and physical guile. Rodriguez looks trim, motivated and ready to reignite his career that promised so much.
5. Scoring machine
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been sensational in the Everton attack. The 23-year-old has been in a free scoring mood since the beginning of the season, amassing 6 goals in 4 matches.
His movements, tactical positioning and stunning finishing has not only propelled the Toffees to the summit of the log, but has entrenched his place in the England star-studded line-up that boasts the talented Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
If Everton and Ancelotti were to clinch the lucrative league title, don’t forget to pay tribute to Marcel Brands and his sporting directorship influence and touch.
By FARPost Technical Study Group