Brands, 56, has an impressive record in Dutch football, at PSV, who have just won their third title in four years, and former club AZ Alkmaar, and a towering reputation in his homeland. His skills are his eye for talent and ability to transform a club.
Those who have worked with him also talk of his brilliant people and communication skills, and his understanding of how to get the best out of those on the payroll.
His transfer record at PSV has been impressive, signing the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Kevin Strootman, Dries Mertens and Davy Propper before developing them and selling on for huge profits.
The question is, can Brands make the same impact in the Premier League, where the competition is on a completely different level to what he has been used to?
If he can, he will be a hero forever at Goodison, where the fans are waiting for the spark who can make the club a regular top-six challenger.