By Kieran Maguire

8th Jan, 2022 | 11:00am

Kieran Maguire hails 'superb' Sharp after what he's been told by people at Everton

The “passionate” Graeme Sharp is the perfect addition to the Everton board and will act as a go-between for executives and supporters.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees legend’s new role at Goodison Park.

The 61-year-old, who scored 159 goals in 426 appearances for the club, was confirmed as a non-executive director on Thursday (6 January).

Sharp was part of the side that won the old First Division twice, the FA Cup, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup between 1983 and 1987.

He will “provide valuable input into the Club’s football strategy” in his new role behind the scenes.

Maguire, who is well-connected through his role at the University of Liverpool, insists that Sharp is a smart hire.

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“Graeme Sharp has been a fantastic ambassador for the football club,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“He was a superb player for them and he is highly thought of among the fanbase.

“I work in Liverpool and the people I have spoken to say he is a very good sort of front-of-house person for events and so on.

“He conducts himself very professionally and he’s very passionate about the club. It’s good to have that type of link in the boardroom.

“He can measure the temperature of fans quite well and report back to the board.”

Sarvar Ismailov, the nephew of Everton benefactor Alisher Usmanov, recently stepped down from the board amid allegations of assault.

Owner Farhad Moshiri has reportedly requested a club-wide review into the Toffees’ failings in recent years.

In other news, Everton plot move for Man United sensation James Garner.