By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

24th May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Everton: Sky Sports pundit unimpressed as Toffees set to make behind-the-scenes appointment from Southampton

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Kevin Campbell believes Everton bringing in Dan Rice as their new head of emerging talent might be a good appointment, but if he isn’t allowed to do his job at Goodison it makes no difference.

The Athletic reported last month (18 April) that the Toffees were set to appoint the departing Southampton man at the end of the season, with an aim to develop from within amid financial constraints in the transfer market.

But Campbell isn’t ready to celebrate yet given the track record under notable predecessors including Marcel Brands, who accused Farhad Moshiri of ignoring his advice when he was at the club in a recent interview with RNC.

“I look at Everton, they’ve been down this route,” the Sky Sports pundit exclusively told Goodison News.

“They’ve had Marcel Brands in, they’ve had all sorts of people in. 

“The key is everybody in the club has to be focused on moving in the right direction. That’s from the board, all the way down.

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“And Everton are not, that’s the problem.

“We’ve seen Everton bring in people who’ve had great success at other clubs. Done nothing at Everton.

“So could it be a good appointment? Of course it could, but if these guys who are coming in are not allowed to do their jobs then it doesn’t matter who you bring in.”

Brands’ comments on how things are run at Everton under Moshiri were fairly damning, especially in light of the continued struggles since the Dutchman left.

But with the club thought to be on the brink of investment from MSP Capital that is set to see a new, hands-on presence in the boardroom [i News, 23 May] things might be about to change.

If that means that Rice is given the leeway to do his job in a manner that Brands claims he wasn’t then it should be a positive, but until that is proven to be the case the confidence levels in governance at Goodison Park will remain low.