By Sam Stone

13th Sep, 2022 | 6:46pm

Everton appoint Carl Darlington as head of academy coaching

Everton have appointed Carl Darlington as head of academy coaching as Kevin Thelwell continues his restructure at Goodison Park, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Echo has revealed on Tuesday 13 September) that Darlington has become the latest addition to Thelwell’s backroom staff and replaces former Toffees midfielder John Ebbrell who has moved roles at the club.

It’s understood that Ebbrell will take up a new position as player development senior coach under Thelwell’s new backroom structure at Goodison Park.

Darlington has previously held a role at the Welsh Football Association and will be responsible for coaching and player development on Merseyside.

Thelwell revolution

We are really starting to see Thelwell’s revolution at Goodison Park begin to take shape after a number of meetings between Lampard and the director of football over the summer.

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It was always going to be a tough task for Thelwell to properly get to work this summer with the need for a large squad turnover to ensure Everton weren’t dragged into another relegation battle in the 2022/23 season.

However, the appointments he has made all point in the right direction, with a focus on youth and developing players clearly at the top of his list of priorities.

By prioritising younger players and the academy, Everton could find themselves in a far more sustainable position off the pitch.

Developing and selling players can prove to be an excellent source of incoming and is one Thelwell is clearly focussing on at the moment.

By adding staff who he feels suit the long-term vision for the club, Evertonians could well see the positive signs coming from the academy in the near future.