Marcel Brands close to signing new Everton deal to keep him on as sporting director at Goodison Park with Carlo Ancelotti giving the Dutchman a ringing endorsement
- Marcel Brands is set to sign a new Everton deal to stay on as sporting director
- Brands was appointed in 2018 but has faced criticism from Toffees supporters
- However, in the past 12 months, the Dutchman has got fans back on side
- A clear-out of fringe players in the January transfer window helped his cause
Marcel Brands is close to signing a new deal that will end the uncertainty over whether he will continue as Everton’s sporting director.
Brands signed a three-year contract, worth an estimated £2million per season, when he was appointed at the same time as Marco Silva in 2018 but he faced criticism from supporters during his spell at the club, with some of the transfers he was instrumental in failing to work out.
The past 12 months, however, have seen a positive shift with Brands overseeing a clear-out in January of fringe players and Carlo Ancelotti, who has a sound relationship with the Dutchman, has welcomed the prospect of extending their partnership.
Marcel Brands is close to signing a new deal that’ll keep him on as Everton’s sporting director
‘From what I know there is work in progress,’ said Ancelotti, ahead of Wednesday’s rearranged clash with Manchester City.
‘I think that no doubt, he is going to stay. We are working well. I will be really pleased if he can sign a new contract. It’s important to give stability to the club in this way.’
Ancelotti, who will be without leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, knows a victory on Wednesday will be huge in Everton’s attempt to get involved in the race for a Champions League place but he is also conscious of the threat that City pose.
This fixture was postponed at Christmas when City posted a number of positive Covid-19 tests on the day of the game. Everton were incensed by the late timing of the decision, while Pep Guardiola was furious that the Goodison Park club had made public their grievances.
Carlo Ancelotti (middle) has welcomed the prospect of extending his partnership with Brands
It prompted Guardiola to say ‘we will play them and we will beat them’ but Ancelotti is not flustered about facing a backlash from City. He has confidence Everton are ready to respond positively following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Fulham.
‘We are excited to play against them — against the best players that they have,’ said Ancelotti. ‘It is a fantastic challenge, a difficult challenge but we want to play and beat City if it is possible with their best squad.
‘I think they don’t need motivation to play the games against us. Guardiola knows that it will not be easy to play against Everton — he knew it before and he knows also now.’
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