Thelwell swaps Big Apple for Toffees
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On the Move
Thelwell swaps Big Apple for Toffees
by Jonathan Rest

Kevin Thelwell, one of the most respected Directors of Football in the game, has joined Everton FC.

The Owner, the Chairman and the CEO all presented compelling reasons for me to join this great club and I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with them all and to move Everton forward. I can’t get wait to get started.
Kevin Thelwell
Director of Football, Everton FC

Thelwell, 48, will report directly to the club’s Board of Directors, acting as the strategic lead for recruitment and all football departments, including first team, academy, coaching, sport science, medical services and analysis.

 

He is the replacement for Marcel Brands, who was sacked late last year along with Head of Recruitment and Development, Gretar Steinsson, and Manager of Scouting and Operations, Dan Purdy.

 

Thelwell joins Everton from New York Red Bulls in MLS, where he has been Head of Sport for the past two years.

 

He previously held the roles of Academy Manager, Head of Football Development and then Sporting Director at Everton's Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2008 and 2020.

 

Thelwell said: “I’m so pleased to be joining Everton and to have the opportunity to play a part in the Club’s ambitious journey. I’m greatly looking forward to working with Frank [Lampard, Manager] and the players and to helping the Owner and Board achieve their long-term footballing objectives.

 

“The Owner, the Chairman and the CEO all presented compelling reasons for me to join this great club and I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with them all and to move Everton forward. I can’t get wait to get started.”

 

Everton said Thelwell's appointment is a key part of the club's ongoing "strategic review of the football structure" enacted after Brands' departure.

 

The Dutchman joined Everton from PSV Eindhoven in his home country of the Netherlands in June 2018 and was appointed to the club’s board in 2019.

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