By Richard Parks
Everton are close to making two executive appointments as three big names are set to leave the club, according to a report.
BBC Sport claim on their website that there is a hive of activity behind the scenes at the Premier League club, with a new chief executive to be announced and Dutchman Marcel Brands expected to be appointed the new director of football.
It is said that deputy chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale is expected to be promoted in succession to Robert Elstone, who is making a return to rugby league.
BBC Sport report that Elstone is one of three leading figures at the club expected to depart along with manager Sam Allardyce and star player Wayne Rooney.
Football Insider verdict:
There has been an unmistakeable sense of drift at Everton this season, in spite of the vast sums invested in the playing squad last summer when Ronald Koeman and recruitment chief Steve Walsh made such a hash of everything. Koeman has paid with his job and Walsh is likely to suffer the same fate, as Brands comes in from PSV Eindhoven to head up a new-look recruitment team. There will be other changes, with Barrett-Baxendale to be appointed in succession to Elstone, who is in line to take up a role as the head of Super League. That will fill a power vacuum at the club, but there is a strong sense that MBE-winning Barrett-Baxendale is a safe appointment rather than one that can shake things up behind the scenes at Goodison. Everton have been outmanoeuvred so often in the last two years, both on the pitch and in the boardroom that something more seismic is required. Whether Brands and Barrett-Baxendale can instigate a change in fortunes remains to be seen. But big improvements are certainly needed following a season of sterility.