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EVERTON PLEDGE SUPPORT TO RAFA BENITEZ DESPITE DIRECTOR BRANDS’ EXIT FROM THE CLUB

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Following the resignation of director of football Marcel Brands, Everton have stated that they would continue to provide manager Rafael Benitez with their “full support.”

The departure of Brands from Goodison Park was revealed late Sunday.

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The 59-year-old Dutchman joined from PSV Eindhoven in 2018, but the club’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has moved to address the club’s crisis.

Everton’s transfer policy has been criticized, with the club spending £300 million during Brands’ reign.

Disgrunled supporters rounded on him and chairman Bill Kenwright at the end of Wednesday’s 4-1 Merseyside derby defeat by Liverpool at Goodison Park.

“The board and I both agreed that there is a clear difference in vision and direction for this beautiful club,” Brands stated.

“This is one of most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my career, and it took some time and consideration.”

During his stint at the club, Brands worked with managers Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti, and, most recently, Rafa Benitez.

Everton will conduct a strategic analysis of their football structure, which will “inform the best model for the club to proceed with in the long term,” according to the club.

“The owner and directors would want to thank Marcel for his three and a half years of service to the club and wish him well in his future,” stated a statement.

Everton travels to Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday (20:00 GMT) after picking up only two points in their previous eight games, dropping to 16th in the table.

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