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Published: 15:36 | 21/7/16

Walsh named Everton director of football

Everton have appointed Steve Walsh as their new director of football.

Walsh was joint-assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri at Leicester last season and was the club's head of recruitment, while he was also a scout for Chelsea.

Despite only signing a new contract with the Premier League champions in May, Walsh has agreed to join Everton where he will work with new manager Ronald Koeman.

I'm proud and privileged to become Director of Football at such a fantastic and historic club," Walsh told the club's official website.

"With a new manager and a new major shareholder, it feels very much like a new era here at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.

"I know the Club well, my roots are in the north west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact. I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago. I'm genuinely excited to be here at the Club and very much looking forward to getting down to work."

Koeman added: "It's really good for the Club to have someone in Steve who has shown his quality in his job at a number of clubs over many years. That's the experience and quality he will bring to us at a good time in the season.

"He has a great deal of knowledge about building for the long-term and the magnificent work he did at Leicester on top of the job he did at Chelsea makes us excited to have him here at Everton."

Walsh has been credited with recruiting Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante.

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