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Everton director of football Marcel Brands leaving club with immediate effect


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Marcel Brands has agreed a severance package with Everton and will step down from the club with immediate effect after a miserable run of form which has seen manager Rafa Benitez under pressure

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Everton director of football Marcel Brands is leaving the club following a slump in form that has seen the pressure cranked up on manager Rafa Benitez.

Brands, 59, will step down from his role with immediate effect after agreeing a severance package with the Merseysiders.

He is only seven months into the three-year contract he signed in the Spring – but it is understood that he will only be paid until the end of the season after agreeing with owner Farhad Moshri to leave by mutual consent.

Brands arrived at Goodison in May 2018 to replace Steve Walsh with a glowing reputation.







Everton director of football Marcel Brands is leaving the club with immediate effect
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He had helped Louis van Gaal to build the AZ Alkmaar squad that won the Dutch title in 2009.

And he then spent eight successful years as PSV Eindhoven’s director of football before being lured to the Premier League.

But his record of recruitment with Everton has been mixed.

Almost £300million has been spent on transfers during his tenure.

Brands was verbally abused by supporters as Everton were hammered 4-1 by Liverpool in the Mersey derby last week.

Boss Benitez has also come under fire – but is understood to have the full backing of Moshiri.

There will be no shortage of suitors for the Dutchman, with PSV believed to be interested in taking him back as the club’s managing director.

Everton have picked up just two points from their last eight games after a promising start to the season.

Their slump has included heavy defeats at the hands of Watford, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Benitez’s squad has been hit by a succession of injuries to key players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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