Dean Jones discusses Everton power struggle over transfers
Dean Jones has shared some information that could have contributed to Marcel Brands’ departure from Everton.
Speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, the transfer insider claimed that the Dutchman would often scout players based on a brief.
However, once he had finished scouting those players, Rafael Benitez would reject his suggestions and try and focus on other players instead.
He said: “I think the big problem behind the scenes [is] there hasn’t been much joined-up thinking between all the figures involved whether that’s Brands or Moshiri or Benitez.
“A lot of the time, Brands was going and looking at players and thinking he was on one path but then find out that Benitez wasn’t interested in those kind of players.
“Now, we will see if Rafa gets to have more influence.”
If what Jones says is accurate, it appears as if there was no clear strategy within Everton’s transfer policy.
If the club were more organised, the director of football would work more in line with what the manager wanted.
Ultimately, it sounds as if Brands wasted huge amounts of time scouting players who the manager didn’t want!
In the end, it was Brands who decided that he had enough and he has left the club, and you would have to say that Benitez has won the power struggle.
He is set to have much more control over transfers now, which could prove to be an awful decision, or it could work out brilliantly.
We will just have to see what happens, but the more you read about Brands and his departure, the more sympathy you have to feel for the Dutchman who wasn’t really allowed to do his job properly.
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