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Gareth Prosser appointed Everton academy director as Leighton Baines is named under-18 head coach - The Athletic

Gareth Prosser has been appointed as Everton's new academy director. The Athletic revealed last week that Prosser was in line to take up the role and...

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Gareth Prosser has been appointed as Everton's new academy director.

The Athletic revealed last week that Prosser was in line to take up the role and his appointment has now been confirmed.

Prosser previously worked with current Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell in a similar role at Wolves.

Everton were on the lookout for a new academy director and new under-23 head coach after the departure of David Unsworth in April. Where Unsworth previously held both positions, the decision had been taken by Thelwell to split the roles, something that has been welcomed in academy circles.

Leighton Baines has taken up a new role with the former Everton left-back named as the club's under-18s head coach.

Baines replaces Paul Tait, who is now head coach of the under-21s.

The former England defender previously held the role of assistant manager of the under-18s team.

Baines, who played 420 games for Everton, retired at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Prosser said of his own appointment: “I am delighted and very proud with the opportunity to lead Everton academy.

“Throughout the interview process, it was clear from our CEO Denise (Barrett-Baxendale) and Kevin the importance of the academy moving forwards to support the ambitious aims of the football club.

“The target is clear: to create a best-in-class academy programme that will allow Everton to attract, recruit and develop top people; players and staff.

“I look forward to working with the academy, Denise, Kevin, Frank and the wider club staff to ensure the programme is the best it can be to provide players with opportunities to represent this great club. We all need to work together to make this happen.”

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