Ebbrell handed new role in Everton's academy

01/07/2022 17comments  |  Jump to last

John Ebbrell has been named Player Development Senior Coach at Finch Farm as Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, continues to reshape Everton's academy.

In what is a newly-created role, Ebbrell will work alongside new academy director Gareth Prosser to prepare players for the step up from the youth ranks to the Under-21s football and, hopefully, on towards Everton's first team.

According to The Athletic, the club is now looking to hire a new head of academy coaching, a position previously held by Ebbrell in addition to his six years as Under-23s assistant manager.


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Brian Murray
1 Posted 01/07/2022 at
Business as usual. Ebbrell just got a job for life as head coach. No wonder ex-players adore this club. Wonder whose idea that was. Fuckin' joke of a club.
Joe McMahon
2 Posted 01/07/2022 at
It's so incestuous. As Brian says, made for life.
Peter Carpenter
3 Posted 01/07/2022 at
No doubt the post was advertised, a shortlist was drawn up from the many applicants, interviews were held and the outstanding candidate was chosen.
Peter Carpenter
4 Posted 01/07/2022 at
Or maybe not.
Jeff Armstrong
5 Posted 01/07/2022 at
Haha Peter, good point though, seriously how do they get away with it?
Steve Griffiths
6 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Peter, I can tell you that John Ebbrell is a highly respected, decorated & sought-after coach. We do have some in the academy & he is regarded as the best.

I'm not a fan of ‘Evertonia' myself either, but not all ‘in-house' decisions made are bad ones. This I'm told is a ‘no-brainier', so good luck to John.

Brian Murray
7 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Steve. Ebbrell was a quiet unassuming character on the pitch and done his job efficiently. Fits the bill (no pun intended).

Another lazy in-house appointment. Doesn't matter if he's best qualified, we would dare scan the globe. Too much like hard work.

Sorry in a bad mood with all things Everton. A takeover, a few players in, and I'll cheer up maybe.

Steve Griffiths
8 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Brian, I get your frustration, I feel it too. But let's separate the Academy from the debacle that has been the first team & board etc.

I'm told that the new Director of Football and the Academy Director are the best of the best and Ebbrell is in that bracket also. I just think we are quick as a fan base to jump on our own, however this time it is unwarranted.

The academy is being ‘shook up' and John has been promoted from within, because of his diligent hard work (much like his maligned playing days) and, I'm told, excellent coaching and man-management skills. I suppose the proof will be in the pudding.

Anyway, as I've said previously, good luck to John.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Steve (8),

“I'm told that the New Director of Football and Academy Director are the best of the best and Ebbrell is in that bracket also.” — Who told you this, Steve?

John Ebbrell is 52 years old, he has been a scout for Everton, worked at Tranmere Rovers as a coach, been a coach at various levels at Everton... Why has his "best of the best" levels of coaching and man-management been kept in the dark for so long? Why hasn't he been head-hunted by other clubs with his level of coaching being so good? Who were the other candidates for this position and also the position which Paul Tait now occupies?

I hope they go on to prove how good they are in the future there has been scant proof of their ability in their past work in the past.

Steve Griffiths
10 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Dave, from a couple of people who work in the game & whose opinion I personally trust.

I know that you will have your own sources who may disagree? However, like I've said, the prof will be in the pudding. Let's at least give them a chance, before we judge.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Steve (10), thanks for your reply.

No, I have no sources, just watching from the sidelines over the last few years.

Although you can only work with the players provided by the scouts, there has been little to enjoy with the coaching and ideas from those in the Academy and little to enthuse me as a supporter of these teams, especially the U18s where the prospects start to flourish, although there is some hope with a few players now emerging on the scene.

As you say, Steve, the proof will be in the pudding. Thanks again for your reply.

Steve Griffiths
12 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Dave, no problem. The academy has always done well in producing players and teams of a top level up to Under-18s, with many players representing their international age groups.

Where we appear to have struggled in recent years is to enable these players to progress from top Under-18 level to first-team Premier League standard, with one notable exception.

This is where the new Director of Football is focussing his attention at the minute. Hopefully this proves to be successful moving forward.

Peter Carpenter
13 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Steve (6), I am sure he is.

I would just like to know whether or not applications are invited for these posts from the wider football world.

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 02/07/2022 at
I've taken this as a demotion, at best a sideways move, for Ebbrell. He was previously Head of Academy Coaching, with the original job advert for the U23 (now U21) Head Coach reporting to this position.

It seems we are now seeking a new Head of Academy Coaching to replace him; this may well be someone Thelwell has in mind, maybe someone of calibre who was interested in the U21 Head coach job, but not interested in reporting to Ebbrell as it stood.

This new appointment could be the best bit of recruitment Thelwell makes, maybe an outstanding external candidate ….. or maybe Jose Baxter — who knows!

Phill Thompson
15 Posted 02/07/2022 at
Steve #8,

Where are you getting your “John has been promoted from within, because of his diligent hard work (much like his maligned playing days) and I'm told, excellent coaching and man-management“ from? I'm genuinely curious to know why you believe, or have been told, it's a promotion.

I don't have any inside contacts like you, so have made my own assumptions about his new role. For me, it appears he's been taken out of front-line coaching and moved sideways.

Jerome Shields
16 Posted 02/07/2022 at
I knew Ebbrell would be moved somewhere. Interesting to see who is appointed Head of Academy Coaching.
Dupont Koo
17 Posted 03/07/2022 at
More a demotion with a parallel move on paper to cover up, IMHO. Thelwell must have been told (by Guess Who?!) that some of the old timers and/or "Lifers" can't be managed out right after the restructuring, so like many other managers in other industries, Thelwell made demotion parallel move type to make those old timers/lifers uncomfortable enough and feel "losing enough faces" to leave the club themselves.

Like Steve said, Ebbrell might have done a good enough job but too bad he is already collateral damage in terms of being seen as one of Kenwright's entourage.

On the flip side, if he has been really good on his job only to be compromised by Rhino's sabotage that cut the young talents conveyor belt for the First Team, then let's hope that the structure and philosophies Thelwell and Prosser will establish will enable Ebbrell's work to be more visible to, and properly evaluated by, distant observers that are a lot of us.

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