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Marcel Brands 2018 –

When new major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, was seeking to appoint an inaugural director of football at Everton in 2016, his search led him to PSV Eindhoven where one Marcel Brands had emerged as one of the most effective technical directors in the game.

He would have to wait another two years to finally land him after the man eventually chosen, Steve Walsh, had struggled to impress in the role, but Moshiri was ultimately successful in luring the Dutchman away from the Eredivisie where he had just helped PSV to their third league title in four years.

Born in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, Brands had a largely unremarkable career as a player, spending the bulk of it at RKC Waalwijk while also spending two seasons with Feyenoord.

It was as a sporting and technical director that he really made his name in Dutch football, however, first at Waalwijk and then at AZ Alkmaar where he worked under future Holland and Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal.

In five years there, he helped transform the fortunes of the club as AZ won the Eredivisie in 2009, breaking the dominance of the traditional "big three" of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord, and reach the last eight of the Europa League.

He joined PSV as their technical director in 2010 and developed what observers describe as an immense reputation for spotting playing talent and working the transfer market.

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Born 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Date of birth March 16, 1962
Nationality Dutch
Previous clubs RKC Waalwijk
AZ Alkmaar
PSV Eindhoven
Appointed May 2018
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