Former Manchester United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy has spoken of his admiration for Marcel Brands. He explained to the club’s official website that Everton could be very successful with the Director of Football working at the club.
The Dutchman who scored bags of goal during his time in the Premier League with the Red Devils goes way back with Brands.
Now overseeing transfer activity at Everton, the Dutch employee added Van Nistelrooy to PSV’s coaching staff in 2013.
The ex-United talisman is now the manager of the PSV under-19s and has worked for the Netherlands senior team.
Now 43, Van Nistelrooy scored a staggering 150 goals in 213 appearances for United and he couldn’t speak any higher of Brands.
Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Everton earlier this season and his appointment as the successor to Marco Silva was largely down to the negotiating skills of the club’s Director of Football.
Ahead of this Sunday’s clash between United and Everton, Van Nistelrooy believes the Toffees are in good hands with Brands pulling the strings.
He told Everton’s official website: “I am absolutely convinced that the performance of Everton will be up there with the top clubs on a steady basis, like all of the clubs Marcel has worked for.
“Everton – with the history they have, the fanbase, the new stadium and Marcel’s guidance – I believe that package can see the club be in the top positions of English football for a long time.”
Things do look to be on the up at Goodison Park and given the size of the club, it’s fair to say they have underachieved for many years.
With the renowned Brands at the club and now Ancelotti in place overseeing the team, there is a real sense that something can be achieved.
Everton are 11th in the league and it does seem unlikely that they will qualify for Europe this season.
Next season could be the one for Everton though. Ancelotti will surely do some work on his squad in the summer and given his vast experience they could be seriously dangerous during 2020/21.