By Joe Ellis

21st Sep, 2022 | 9:40pm

Everton Head of Academy Coaching Carl Darlington reveals start date for new role

The new Everton Head of Academy Coaching, Carl Darlington, is not set to start his job for nearly four weeks, according to the man himself.

The Toffees had been searching for a new person to lead the whole operation of the academy at Finch Farm after David Unsworth, now Oldham Athletic manager, left in April.

Darlington has been recruited to take half of his place with a new Under-23s manager also hired to split Unsworth’s role between two people rather than one.

The former Wales FA Head of Coach Education took to Twitter to announce his pride in getting the new job and revealed when he expects to begin that role.

“I’m honoured and privileged to accept this role at such a prestigious football club,” he said. “I’m looking forward to join the Everton family on 10 October to support and nurture the future of the club.”

Big shoes

There is no doubting that Unsworth did a fantastic job in keeping the club’s academy at such a high level across the board during his time with Everton and that is not an easy act to follow.

But Kevin Thelwell recognises that and has split the workload accordingly which might turn out to be even better for the Toffee in the long run with Paul Tait able to fully focus on the Under-21s side.

Darlington will be teaming up with Gareth Prosser to oversee the best of Finch Farm and Frank Lampard will also be in close communication with the pair as and when he needs to be.

It is not only players who Everton are hoping to see rise through the ranks to the first team with potentially world-class coaches trying to make the grade in youth football.

Goodison Park expects more and more youngsters to progress to the first team from the academy and it is now down to Darlington and co to make it happen.