Silva and Brands Working Together To Make Blues Stronger

Marco Silva says Everton can be “stronger in the future” and the Blues are “fighting to give the fans what they want”.

Manager Silva was speaking at the Club’s General Meeting where he was joined on stage by Director of Football Marcel Brands, who revealed “being at Everton is even better than I thought it would be”.

Brands, whose appointment to Everton’s Board was announced at the meeting, joined the Club in May 2018, with Silva arriving shortly after.

“Everyone is working with me at Finch Farm every day,” said Silva, who was a title winner in Greece with Olympiakos and previously led Sporting Lisbon to the Portuguese Cup.

“I’ve had a lot of help at the Club. Everyone has welcomed me and we’ve all been working together since the first day.

“We believe we can be stronger in the future and give everyone the better things they want to see.

“We are still fighting for what we want, which is to do better than last season, and give the fans what they want – building a connection with the team. We want more.”

Brands worked with enormous success at PSV Eindhoven for eight years before moving to the Premier League last year.

He helped oversee an influx of high-quality players ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and is charged with implementing the Club’s long-term football strategy, which involves working in tandem with Academy Director Joel Waldron.

“I know all the [Academy] players and we have some good ones coming up next year… we need to make sure we are giving them a good pathway to the first team,” said Brands.

“Being at Everton is even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it [joining Everton] was a great chance for me.

“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here.

“I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”

Everton return to Premier League action against Bournemouth on Sunday, with a visit to Southampton following six days later.

Their reward for beating Lincoln City in the FA Cup at a sold-out Goodison Park last weekend is a fourth-round tie at Championship Millwall later this month.

And Silva revealed the Cup is figuring high in his thoughts this term.

“I did my homework on the culture of the Club before I came and we knew how important the FA Cup was [to the supporters],” added Silva.

“Our fans proved it against Lincoln by filling out the stadium. All of us would love to give our fans a gift at the end of the season.

“And our away support is incredible. At Goodison it’s always special but when you see 3,000 or 4,000 people turn up to away grounds, too, it means everything."

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