Everton have announced Leicester City’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh has agreed to become the club’s new director of football.
The former PE teacher has earned himself a reputation as one of the top scouts in English football after being credited with bringing in the players who guided Leicester to their first-ever Premier League title.
Walsh brought Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante to the King Power Stadium, continuing a trend of successful transfers having previously recommended the signings of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien while working at Chelsea.
Walsh will now take over as Everton’s director of football with immediate effect and is hopeful of bringing success to Goodison Park as part of a new era under majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Walsh told the club’s 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.”