Everton’s transformation behind the scenes goes on.
After sealing the appointment of the esteemed director of football Marcel Brands following a trophy-laden spell at PSV, Gretar Steinsson has now arrived at Goodison Park to work alongside the Dutchman, according to Fleetwood Today.
It is reported that the 36-year-old, a former Bolton Wanderers defender, has been unveiled as Everton’s chief European scout after three years as the technical director at League One outfit Fleetwood Town.
And with the appointment seemingly confirmed, Fleetwood’s CEO Steve Curwood has lauded the impact Steinsson has made at Highbury since his appointment in 2015.
“He’s been valuable to work alongside over the last four years, and has supported the club in understanding greater detail around the medium to long-term planning across the elite performance areas of the club,” Curwood said.
“He has supported the advancement of processes, as well as individual staff development across the club.
“His major input into the inception and growth of the academy – which recently received a glowing audit at the first attempt – will be very much remembered.”
Everton look a totally different club these days and are heading in the right direction under Brands and head coach Marco Silva.
Many of Brands’ summer signings have been an unmitigated success with Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Bernard and Andre Gomes shining in royal blue, and Steinsson should add further expertise behind the scenes.
And it will be interesting to see whether the former Icelandic international’s arrival at Goodison Park will lead to a healthy link-up between Everton and Fleetwood in the coming months and years. Fleetwood Today report that The Toffees have paid the Cod Army a compensation fee for Steinsson.