‘He is doing a fantastic job’: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti gives seal of approval to club’s sporting director Marcel Brands following successful transfer window after previous scrutiny under Marco Silva
- Marcel Brands was criticised by supporters under the helm of Marco Silva
- Carlo Ancelotti though has repeatedly praised the club’s sporting director
- Everton have made a successful foray into the transfer market this summer
- They have signed players including James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure
- Everton are close to signing Norwich defender Ben Godfrey for a fee of £25m
Brands, the club’s Sporting Director, has entered the final 12 months of the three-year deal he signed he June 2018. He has been under scrutiny from supporters at times, particularly when Everton were faltering badly under Marco Silva.
This window, however, has been more efficient with Everton signing James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, while they will bring in Ben Godfrey from Norwich before Monday after agreeing a £25million deal with Norwich.
Carlo Ancelotti has been very happy with the way Everton have conducted their business
Ancelotti has praised the club’s sporting director Marcel Brands after a successful window
Ancelotti said at the end of last season that he and Brands had “a beautiful relationship” and Everton’s manager has highlighted the work the Dutchman has done to help drive the team forward; he hopes major shareholder Farhad Moshiri will reward Brands.
‘I don’t know how long his contract is, honestly,’ said Ancelotti. ‘What can I say? He is doing a fantastic job and he has done a fantastic job. I have a fantastic relationship with him, the board still has a fantastic relationship with him; if he has to renew the contract I don’t know.
‘The job that he is doing is really good. I said before the transfer window we had the discussion about the new players and we were totally agreed to sign these players. I would not force a club or a director to sign a player that they don’t like.
Everton’s impressive signings this summer include James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure
‘The players that arrived were players that had a desire to come and every one of us was agreed to sign them.’
Brands will be tasked this weekend with offloading some players, as Everton’s squad is top heavy. Ancelotti would be willing to allow Moise Kean to leave on loan if a suitable arrangement could be found; he says the Italy Under-21 striker has a long-term future at Goodison Park but needs games.
‘The plan for him is to improve his quality, to put on him more knowledge and experience, more ability to work hard every day,’ said Ancelotti. ‘It doesn’t matter in our point of view how many games he is going to play, what’s important is the fact he is really young.
Brands’ transfers had been criticised under the previous Everton regime of Marco Silva
‘We need to give him minutes, I don’t know how much, but the most important part is that he can grow day by day. After that, playing more than last season. This is our plan. I don’t know what is the plan of Moise. If he has a desire to go on loan we can talk about this.’
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has promised to learn the lyrics to Spirit of the Blues, the song which is played before every home game and which Evertonians have made top of the download charts if his club win the Carabao Cup. They have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the quarter-finals.
‘It is a beautiful song!’ said Ancelotti. ‘I put the song on my playlist. I’m trying to learn the song. I want to sing the song and also singing and dancing. I saw a video of Richarlison and Yerry Mina dancing with the kids so I would like to do it like this!
‘But I’m used to singing only after a victory. We have to wait until the end of the season I hope. Maybe February 28 (the date of the Carabao Cup final).’