Vaughan returns as Everton's new loans manager

02/09/2022 30comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have appointed their former striker, James Vaughan, as their new Loans Manager.

Vaughan will start his new role next week after joining from Tranmere Rovers where he was Sporting Director. 

Vaughan began his playing career at Goodison Park after coming through the Blues' youth academy, becoming the youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League when he scored on his senior debut against Crystal Palace in April 2005.

It's a record that still stands today for the forward whose promising career was largely derailed by a serious ankle injury.

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He is forging a career off the pitch now having been a player agent and studied for a Masters degree in sporting directorship and he is back at his boyhood club now as part of the club's player development setup.

"We are delighted to welcome James to Everton following a thorough and wide-ranging recruitment search,” Director of Football, Thelwell, said of the appointment.

"James has personal experience of successfully graduating through the Academy at this club but also boasts a vast knowledge of the Football League and has already taken his first steps in football development and operations.

“In his role, he will ensure players are getting the best possible loan opportunities and, crucially, that they have the necessary mentoring and support while they are away from the club."


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 02/09/2022 at 15:26:49
I'm convinced, but for injuries, he would have made a top-class player.

Good luck in your new role.

Brian Murray
2 Posted 02/09/2022 at 15:36:14
I'm sure he's qualified for the job and the best in the business. Not like Everton to do an ex a favour on emotion, is it?
Peter Carpenter
3 Posted 02/09/2022 at 15:41:06
Must have been a tough interview process.
Lyndon Lloyd
4 Posted 02/09/2022 at 15:45:35
I was waiting for someone to make that asinine comment, Brian. He has a Masters in sporting directorship and has been working in the game in that role and liaising with players as an agent. He's more qualified than most! And he's a loans manager, not the DoF, for fuck's sake.

As they say, "Have a day off, mate".

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 02/09/2022 at 16:00:44
Lyndon (4), why were you waiting for someone to make that asinine comment?

Because you know the score, Lyndon? The last man that I can think of who had the job was Joe Royle. Well, I remember him getting the job but never heard much of how he did once he got the job.

I liked James Vaughan as a player, he never had much luck with the injuries he got because of his whole-hearted endeavour with every team he played for. So I wish him well at Everton and in his new career, he deserves to get on.

Christy Ring
6 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:05:27
Agree with Lyndon, he has a Master's degree, and experienced as well after being sports director at Tranmere, and I'm delighted to see him back at Everton.

A job for a former player when he's fully qualified, why not? I remember him coming on and scoring a penalty against Man Utd in the FA Cup semi-final shoot out.

Agree with Paul, he would have been a class act, but injuries ruined his career at such a young age, and he kept coming back for more.

Anthony A Hughes
7 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:10:11
Has this job been created for him? Who was our previous loans manager?
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:13:41

Joe Royle did it under Martinez but I haven't heard of it since. Vaughan by all accounts did well at Tranmere, which is obviously local, and he is a former Blue.

So, with his credentials plus his link to the club, he seems a good choice to me, as opposed to say Jose Baxter who one minute was an overage Under-23 player then he was coaching them.

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:14:59
Seems like a reasonable decision to create the role and appoint somebody fit for the role.
Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:32:09
Also, aside from his Masters, and Tranmere experience, he was an Everton youth star himself, who did prowl the lower leagues so, in both respects, as a player he can relate to Warrington and others of this era.
Anthony A Hughes
11 Posted 02/09/2022 at 19:37:27
Interesting position, seems like something that may be a part-time consultancy.
Dupont Koo
12 Posted 03/09/2022 at 00:49:07
I have to admit I had that initial scepticism of this appointment as another Kenwright-influenced sentimental hire, despite the Job Description of the position being firmly Thelwell's call.

My other initial thought was that James traded being a big fish ("Sports Director") at a smaller pond to become a "smaller" fish at a bigger pond on paper. But being a babysitter, 24 & 7, for all our players on loan (imagine him dealing with Jarrad's stuff from Holland) isn't a small role at all.

Thank you, Lyndon, for pointing out the post-playing part of James's CV that I was absolutely not aware of: studying for a Master's on being a Sports Director + being an agent before (wasn't for long before his role at Tranmere, was it?). It definitely helps cementing his qualifications and suitability for the role.

Most important fit, IMHO, was James's own experience as a player. He must have had thoughts (and even nightmares) about some of the locales where he could have had a better time and prevented some of his crazy injuries (quality of the training facilities and the grounds certainly are part of the equation).

Fingers crossed that he will help prevent our young guns from having those déjà vu moments.

Don Alexander
13 Posted 03/09/2022 at 01:10:05
Kenwright will always use any plaster to pretend to tend the massive wounds he's inflicted on our club.

I'm afraid the estimable Lyndon may just have given him another elastoplast.

We're going nowhere, as ever, with that shyster in or near the boardroom.

Just who else was in the race to sign James Vaughan for this weird-sounding role?

Brian Murray
14 Posted 03/09/2022 at 08:56:00
Lyndon, see Don.
Steve Brown
15 Posted 03/09/2022 at 09:25:10
James Vaughan had already developed a good reputation as Sporting Director at Tranmere, and was appointed by Mark Palios who knows what he is doing.

He is a good acquisition to the club and has great potential.

Personally, I trust Thelwell's judgement on his hiring decisions.

Brent Stephens
16 Posted 03/09/2022 at 09:32:50
Don / Brian, what is this access you have to what goes on at Everton? You know that this is a Kenwright signing? How? Really - tell us how.

No thread, no day is untouched by the neurotic concern about Kenwright. I think we get general the message. One I don't disagree with but one which I don't need to repeat ad nauseum.

Sorry, I've said this before. Am I repeating myself too much?

Brian Murray
17 Posted 03/09/2022 at 09:35:48
Brent. Yes, you getting a bit Kylie monotonous, lol .

Okay, on this occasion, I'll bow to your and Lyndon's knowledge on this albeit mine was a more general summary.

Brent Stephens
18 Posted 03/09/2022 at 09:39:42
Brian, the point is I have no knowledge on who was behind the signing.
Clive Rogers
19 Posted 03/09/2022 at 09:47:33
Anthony, #7,

Martin Dobson was appointed professional development coordinator in 2018 which was looking after loaned players. Don't know what's happened to him.

Dave Cashen
20 Posted 03/09/2022 at 10:10:17
Why do some posters hijack every thread to show us how switched on to Kenwright 's past failings they are. Do they think the rest of us are unaware of them and they are educating us?I

Lyndon is spot on. Every top club has a loans manager, Including Liverpool and Man City. The RS one was appointed last year after working for years at the club. The City one is a former player. Neither one is as qualified as Vaughan.
A little research will tell you how this appointment came about. It's rather ironic to see Kenwright given the credit for it.

Vaughan has done more than his peers by going out and getting the relevant qualifications. Can we not set aside bitter ignorance and congratulate him?

Welcome back, Jimmy

Colin Glassar
21 Posted 03/09/2022 at 10:22:18
Vaughny could’ve been an Everton legend if it wasn’t for the terrible injuries. I loved the lads fight and skills. From potential great to loan shark. Life certainly has lots of twists and bends in the road.

What kind of interest rate will he be charging?

Steavey Buckley
22 Posted 04/09/2022 at 15:37:28
Is there any chance of Vaughan rescinding Simms loan agreement with Sunderland, and having him sitting on the bench instead of Rondon?
Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 06/09/2022 at 07:15:11
He's certainly well qualified, has experience in a similar role at another club and a former player (originally from/raised Birmingham?) but I do wonder what exactly his role will be.

Does it include placing players in future, deciding which ones might require it and how many might that be at most? Or only watching and reporting on loaned-out players progress both on and off the field after the fact and is it just juniors or would a deal say like Kean be considered done and dusted. Almost sounds like running a scattered continental style 'B' team.

In all honesty, I don't know how many staff DoF Thelwell has, their responsibilities and the chain of command but I would imagine that it must be split into, at least, a couple or three divisions.

Robert Tressell
24 Posted 06/09/2022 at 08:17:29
A scattered continental B team is not a bad way to think of it Alan.

To me that is an entirely logical way to develop players for our first team.

To play for a top half Premier League team you need to be more or less international class immediately. That's too much to expect of someone straight from the u21s unless they are exceptional Rooney, Foden, Saka etc level.

The problem is that they stagnate in the u21s (and block the progress of others coming through) or sit on the bench barring an injury crisis.

To get the games they need, at a challenging standard, they need a loan.

In previous years we've had players on loan who were never going to play first team football. It was a way to get mediocre 22 / 23 year olds off our books.

This year we have Branthwaite, Dobbin, Simms, Virginia and Warrington on loan (I think I've forgotten one other) all of whom look capable of being part of the first team squad.

Looks like a good approach to me, and probably sensible to have someone in place to monitor their progress - and help make sure they're on track for the first team.

Jim Lloyd
25 Posted 06/09/2022 at 09:17:08
I'm chuffed to bit for James Vaughan. What lousy luck he had when he got his career cut short in top class football. I had hopes he'd be like Vardy's been for Leicester, or Owen for Liverpool.

He's tried better himself after playing football and by the looks of it in getting a Masters degreee and proved himself worthy of a chance at our club.

Like many, I think Kenwright has done massive damage to our club; but I also think that our owner has realised, belatedly that it is better to have our Manager and DoF, do the recruitment both on and off the field. So well done to KevinThelwell for spotting Vaughny and bring him to our club.

I think he'll do well for us and wish him all the very best for his future...and ours!

Ajay Gopal
26 Posted 06/09/2022 at 09:52:19
I am with Lyndon and the others who support this appointment. It is not like the club are appointing some unqualified ex-player - James has acquired the necessary skills, plus he has cut his teeth in a similar role at another club, so why not? Should we just automatically disqualify ex-players from taking up any position in the club? Some truly bizarre comments by the usual suspects.

James was my great big hope, and he really suffered some unfortunate injuries - the most horrific one was (I think) John Terry rupturing a major artery in James' ankle.

Given the number of promising youngsters we seem to have coming through, I like that the club are focusing on the players on loan (I assume that Loans Manager means only outgoing loans, not incoming?). I would love to see the day when we have one of our players on loan to a fellow PL club - and I don't mean players like Walcott, whom we loaned to Southampton only to get his wages off the book. I mean developing players like Broja, Gallagher, etc that Chelsea loaned out - even Lukaku to us.

Robert Tressell
27 Posted 06/09/2022 at 10:25:01
Ajay # 26, I think that's a good way to measure our progress as a club - whether we can loan a promising player to another Premier league club.

The nearest we have is Branthwaite - playing at a very high standard (although not yet getting many games).

John Burns
28 Posted 06/09/2022 at 11:22:39
Obtaining a Master’s degree is some fete. It shows to me James has focused ambition and not spent every other day on the golf course. It seems a meritorious appointment. I wish him well.
Alan J Thompson
29 Posted 06/09/2022 at 16:00:10
Robert (#24);

Think striker, Robert… Broadhead, or Nkounkou.

Robert Tressell
30 Posted 06/09/2022 at 16:04:23
Alan #29.

It was Onyango I was thinking of. Nice if I'm proved wrong but not expecting Broadhead to ever make our first team. Nkounkou possibly.

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