Marcel Brands' authority at Everton has been "rolled back", according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
What did Brown say about Brands' authority at Everton?
Brands joined Everton back in May 2018, and is the club's director of football. His role is to ensure that the Toffees get their player recruitment spot on, but Brown believes that Everton manager Rafael Benitez now has the power to pick the players that he wants without consulting Brands, which could be undermining the Dutchman's authority.
Speaking about Brands' current situation to GIVEMESPORT, Brown said: “Brands is the main man at Everton, we’re led to believe. Moshiri loves him, he was promoted, he’s basically been put in charge of the future strategy of the club. And yet, he’s not the man ultimately picking the manager. And he doesn’t seem to be the man saying: ‘you must buy this player, don’t buy that one.’
“So, he’s got a certain level of authority, and then it’s rolled back. Whether he’s happy with that forever remains to be seen. But I do think at the moment, Brands is in a setup where he knows the manager can go to the owner and say: ‘I want this player’, and the owner will probably give it to him, whether Brands thinks it’s a good idea or not.”
Who has Brands brought to Everton?
Brands made a statement of intent in his first transfer window at Goodison Park, bringing in Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina from Barcelona, while also giving approval for Everton to add Brazilian forward Richarlison to their ranks. All three are still part of the club's first-team.
He has continued to make ambitious moves in the transfer market ever since, as last year he prised James Rodriguez away from Real Madrid, and convinced Allan to switch Naples for Merseyside.
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Did Everton get their recruitment right this summer?
If Brown's claim is true, it would appear that Brands had less of a say with regards to Everton's transfer policy this summer following the arrival of Benitez.
The Premier League outfit spent just £1.8m in the window, as they signed five players in total, four of whom are into their thirties. Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have both been directly involved in three league goals this season, and look to be shrewd signings already.
However, the side did suffer their first setback of the season on Saturday when they slipped to a 3-0 defeat away at Aston Villa. This match highlighted that the current squad still has some limitations that weren't addressed this summer, and this could come back to haunt the team as the season progresses.News Now - Sport News