Leicester City’s assistant manager and head of recruitment Steve Walsh has left the club and joined Everton, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Despite only signing a new contract with Leicester in April to remain as Claudio Ranieri’s joint assistant along with Craig Shakespare, Walsh will now assume the fresh challenge of being Everton’s director of football.
Prior to Walsh’s appointment, the Toffee’s major investor Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright had previously held talks with Sevilla’s technical director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, also known as Monchi, over his potential to ability to fulfil the newly created role.
However after Moshiri and Kenwright were unable to agree a deal with their Sevilla counterparts to rlease Monchi from his lucrative contract with the La Liga club, the duo identified Walsh as the next best candidate.
During his time as Leicester’s head of recruitment, the 51-year-old former physical education teacher, who previously worked as a scout for Chelsea, was responsible for identifying the prodigious talents of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, who both played starring roles in the club’s championship winning campaign last season.
It is understood that in his role of director of football at Everton, Walsh will act as the link between the club’s board and manager Ronald Koeman, who has always worked with such an intermediary.
At present Koeman is trying to acquire his own new players ahead of the new season, with the Dutchman believed to be particularly keen on signing another goalkeeper, after previously bringing in Maarten Stekelenburg, along with a central midfielder and striker.