Marcel Brands reportedly stepped down as Everton football director.
According to the Mirror, the Toffees have sacked the Dutchman, meaning Rafael Benitez will now have more control over recruiting at Goodison Park.
It is understood that Brands left Goodison Park after agreeing to a refund with owner Farhad Moshiri.
More than £ 300million has been spent on transfers since joining the club three years ago, with many disappointing signings.
Ben Godfrey, Abdoulaye Dacoure, Richarlison and Lucas Digne have proven themselves, but other top signings like James Rodriguez, Moise Kean, Bernard, Nikola Vlasic and Cenk Tosun have disappointed.
Brands’ departure will pave the way for Benitez to control transfers and the Spaniard would be supported in the January transfer market as the Merseyside club seek to emerge from their current slump.
No victory in eight Premier League games has increased the pressure on the former Liverpool boss, with fans turning their anger on the board after the midweek defeat of the Merseyside derby at home.
At the dawn of a month that includes matches against Arsenal on Monday, Chelsea and Leicester, as well as a trip to Burnley – and with main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin unlikely to return from a thigh injury for at least a fortnight – things could get worse before they get better.
However, Benitez trusts his vast experience to stop his team’s ominous slide.
I have experience in situations like these fighting for titles and trying to avoid relegation and my experience tells me to stay calm, keep working hard, try to correct mistakes and then keep going, ”Benitez said.
“What we want is to stay together because it’s crucial. It’s a frustrating time for us, but we have to keep going and work really hard.
“When you’re in a bad spot, every game feels like a ‘must win’.
“I’m positive and still have the belief that we are going to do well because we did it at the start of the season.
“I have said a number of times that we would do well in the second half.
“Now is the time for us to stick together and try to go January in the best position possible.”
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