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CONFIRMED: Steve Walsh leaves Leicester to become Everton’s director of football

first_imgEverton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their director of football.The 51-year-old has left Leicester, where he was joint assistant manager and head of recruitment, to take up the newly-created role with their Premier League rivals.Walsh was widely credited for the club bringing in Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante – three players who proved instrumental in the club’s sensational title triumph last season.He signed a new long-term contract with the champions in May, but has been tempted by the prospect of working alongside new Everton manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park in a more senior position.Walsh told the club’s official website: “I’m proud and privileged to become director of football at such a fantastic and historic club. With a new manager and a new major shareholder, it feels very much like a new era here at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.“I know the club well, my roots are in the north west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact. I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago.“I’m genuinely excited to be here at the club and very much looking forward to getting down to work.”A former PE teacher, Wales has also scouted at Chelsea and Newcastle and is highly thought of in the game.Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “It’s great news to welcome Steve to our new era at Everton Football Club.“His track record, particularly at Leicester City, is already the stuff of football folklore, and both myself and Farhad, having spent time with Steve, are convinced he is exactly the right fit for our club and our new manager, Ronald Koeman.” 1 Steve Walsh with Jamie Vardy last_img read more