By Ben Dinnery

16th Jun, 2022 | 5:30pm

Expert: Behind-the-scenes 'resistance' likely at Everton after Paul Graley deal agreed

There will always be people at a football club who are “resistant to change” – but Everton and Paul Graley have made the right decision to part ways after 13 years.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Graley first joined the Toffees as a performance analyst before being promoted to head of the department three years later.

As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Monday (6 June), he has now left the club to take a role with sports and technology firm Rebel 54.

Dinnery argues that some fresh blood behind the scenes is probably the way forward for Everton after a disastrous 2021-22 campaign.

“It’s not always a bad thing to lose someone who has been there so long,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

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“Off the back of last season, they have maybe felt that the change was needed. Things haven’t been going right on the pitch for a couple of years.

“Paul maybe felt he has taken his role as far as he could go and fancies a new challenge. That might work out well for both parties.

“You are always going to have a transitional period where someone will come in, have new ideas and implement new strategies. Things like that don’t happen overnight. You maybe need changes in personnel and new philosophies.

“There will always be certain people who will always resist change but if you look at their performance last season, they only just managed to stave off relegation. Maybe it was time for a change and some new ideas.

“It’s not about individuals. Sometimes you have to do the greater good for the club itself.”

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