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Kevin Thelwell 2022 –

Everton appointed Kevin Thurwell as the club's new Director of Football in February 2022, almost three months after Marcel Brands left the role following a disagreement over the strategic direction of the football club.

The 48-year-old had held the same position at Wolves having been promoted from Head of Football Development and Recruitment after originally joining the Midlands club from Derby County in 2008 as academy manager. Prior to that, Thelwell was Director of Coach Education overseeing coaching at all levels in Wales having begun his coaching career as Football Development Officer for Denbighshire.

In 2020, he made a switch to the United States where he assumed the role of Head of Sport at New York Red Bulls, supervising Sporting Director, Denis Hamlett.

As a player, Thelwell represented Northwich Victoria, Winsford United and Congleton Town in a semi-professional capacity after coming through the ranks at Crewe Alexandria and served an apprenticeship at Shrewsbury Town.

According to a statement on, Thelwell will report directly to the Board of Directors, "acting as the strategic lead for recruitment and all the club's football departments, including First Team, Academy, coaching, sport science, medical services and analysis."


Date of birth 27 October, 1973
Nationality English
Previous clubs Derby County
NY Red Bulls
Appointed February 2022
Coaching credentials FA/UEFA Advanced License
BSc Hons, Sport Science (Warwick University)
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