Everton make two new Academy appointments

08/02/2023 10comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have appointed Dan Micciche as Player Development Lead Coach and Lee Sargeson as Head of Scouting Operations

Training Ground Guru report that Macchiche is the latest move made by the Blues' Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, to strengthen the Under-17 to Under-21 coaching staff at Finch Farm.

Micchiche is formerly of Arsenal whom he left to join Crawley Town to work under Kevin Betsy but the pair were dismissed from the League One club last October.

He began his coaching career at Tottenham before moving to a Head of Coaching role at MK Dons where he  helped bring through Dele Alli.

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Between 2013 to 2017, Micciche was Head Coach of England’s Under-15s and U16s after which he returned to MK Dons and then joined Arsenal's academy.

Sargeson, meanwhile, has been poached from Brighton according to the The Athletic and Liverpool Echo. He has spent the last five years working in the Seagulls' much-vaunted scouting setup following stints at Aston Villa and Bolton.

Dan Purdy, hired fairly recently, is now Head of Recruitment.


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Dupont Koo
1 Posted 08/02/2023 at 23:48:37
Good news indeed with another move strengthening a critical part of the Academy so that we can be more dedicated, aware and careful in handling the next Rooney, Barkley and Gordon and preventing Deja Vu of Small & Lawrence.
Frank Knight
2 Posted 09/02/2023 at 10:18:23
Looks like we are getting Lee Sargeson in from Brighton to be manager of scouting operations too. I guess the 120-point plan is now the 118-point plan.
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 09/02/2023 at 10:55:34
Player Development Coach - is there deliberately any other type of Coach?
Derek Knox
4 Posted 09/02/2023 at 13:18:13
Excuse my ignorance but I thought Leighton Baines was in that role (?)

Getting the Brighton Scout on Board would certainly be welcomed, as they have unearthed some proper players.

Phill Thompson
5 Posted 09/02/2023 at 16:17:22
Derek #4,

These titles can be confusing, Baines was once a “Professional” Development Coach, and John Ebbrell was, in his last post, Player Development Senior Coach. Of course Ebbrell has now gone and Baines is U18s Manager.

So, as I read it, Micciche is the new Ebbrell as “Lead”, and we may also be also looking for a Player Development SENIOR Coach under him.

Meanwhile, it appears that Dan Purdy has moved up to “Head of Recruitment” and Lee Sargeson as Head of Scouting Operations has taken Purdy's previous place which was Scouting and Operations Manager.

Sometime when I've got a spare week, I'll try to make sense of all these many positions.

David Vaughan
6 Posted 09/02/2023 at 17:38:21
The devil always hides in the detail – and in the reality that ensues - but this sounds a very positive move indeed, towards a club with a future and a decision maker (Thelwell?) who has some idea on how to make it appear. Meanwhile, the darker days of the past few years appear to have a parallel in Valencia...


Let's hope we really have turned a corner, or at least cottoned on to our previous wayward direction

Peter Neilson
7 Posted 09/02/2023 at 20:47:45
Brighton changed their scouting model, moving to position specific scouts, eg, scout for centre-halves, scout for forwards.

Newcastle have moved to the same model now they have Dan Ashworth in charge. Wonder if we'll adopt this approach?

John Pickles
8 Posted 10/02/2023 at 09:54:23
I like the fact we have got someone from Brighton, but what on earth has Purdy done to warrant a promotion?
Brian Harrison
9 Posted 10/02/2023 at 10:15:57
It looks like Kevin Thelwell is starting to make changes in our backroom staff; the appointment of Lee Sargeson is really exciting, for me. Brighton have the best scouting system in the Premier League, so to get the man in charge of that operation bodes well.

I would also like us to set up a scouting network in South America, as they produce a lot of talented players. I realize 3rd party ownership of some South American players has caused a problem in the past. But, if we can get the younger players here before they become an item, what a boost that would be.

Many of the World Cup winning Argentinian squad were picked up for peanuts a few years back, and it's a market that we seem to ignore. Even Brighton picked up Mac Allister for £8 million and Martinez, who I think is the best keeper in the Premier League, went out on loan a couple of years back.

James Newcombe
10 Posted 10/02/2023 at 13:44:04
Sounds very positive – maybe with Brighton and Brentford showing the way, we can abandon the 'Hollywood' signings on mega wages and be a bit more canny.

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