Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands says he and new manager Marco Silva will “work together… to be the best for Everton”.
Brands, who officially starts in his new post on Friday 1 June, insists the Club have appointed a boss committed to playing “attractive and attacking football” – and is excited about forging a strong connection with the 40-year-old Portuguese.
Dutchman Brands’ sustained success in technical roles in his homeland with RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven was founded on positive and enduring relationships with managers Martin Jol, Louis van Gaal and Phillip Cocu.
And the 56-year-old identifies in former Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos and Watford boss Silva an “open guy” with a track record for producing winning football and improving young talent.
Silva won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting in 2015 and 12 months later led Olympiakos to a runaway Greek title triumph, achieved by an unprecedented 30-point margin over second-placed Panathinaikos.
“Marco is a young coach but also an experienced coach,” Brands told evertontv.
“He has worked at the top already and has experience of the Premier League, which is also an important factor.
“I think one of the most important things is that he is a guy who wants to play attractive football, attacking football and also wants to work in the structure we have in our mind with Everton.
“He is also a guy who has proved already that he wants to work with young players, make them better, and he has performed very well with teams that he has worked with. He is a very good coach for Everton.
“It is important to be open together and that has been one of the main goals in how I have worked, particularly at my first club (Waalwijk), where I worked for six years with Martin Jol, who was also a good Premier League coach (with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham).
“I worked for four years with Louis van Gaal – one of the best coaches in the world – and then five years at PSV with Phillip Cocu. He was a fantastic player but now he is also a fantastic coach.”
Brands and Jol joined forces to establish Waalwijk in the upper reaches of Holland’s top division. The technical director moved to AZ Alkmaar in 2005 and combined with former Barcelona manager Van Gaal to break the 28-year stranglehold on the Dutch title of powerhouse trio Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord in 2008/09.
Brands and Cocu delivered three league titles to the Philips Stadion in five years together, after ex-Barcelona midfielder Cocu replaced former Holland manager Dick Advocaat as PSV boss in 2013.
And Brands is looking forward to developing a similarly prosperous relationship with Silva, who has managed in the Premier League with Hull City and Watford.
The Lisbon-born manager launched his coaching career with GD Estoril in 2011 and in his first season in charge led the team into the top flight as second division champions – before securing European qualification in each of the following two campaigns.
“It is always good to be connected with coaches,” said Brands. “I did that before with coaches in Holland… with big names like Dick Advocaat and Louis van Gaal. And also at PSV with a very young coach, Phillip Cocu.
“I think it is important to work together because we have the same goal – to be the best for Everton. We have to do that with a very good squad and the coach needs very good staff around him and also an environment where he can trust people around him to do the best job.
“Marco’s vision in football, the way he is thinking about football (is why he can be successful at Everton). He wants to structure a team and has proved (his ability) already with a few clubs with good results, so I believe strongly in him. He is an open guy who wants to work together, with good staff and a good environment at Finch Farm, from the food to the pitches and the analysts.
“We all need each other and that is also his mind. I think that is important to work with, as we have to do it together.”