Everton told to complete Cahill deal as top-level shake-up reported - pundit
Noel Whelan has backed Everton to hand Tim Cahill a senior role amid a behind-the-scenes shakeup at Goodison Park.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 41-year-old has both the history at the club and off-pitch experience to become a valuable figure for the Toffees.
As reported by the Daily Mail on Monday (17 January), Everton are considering offering Cahill an executive role amid top-level changes.
The Toffees board are reportedly keen to re-integrate individuals who know the club into the behind-the-scenes setup.
Whelan insisted Cahill’s off-pitch experience would prove more valuable than his history at Everton.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think you’ve got to get people, just like Ferguson, that know the club.
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“People that have been there, know the ins and outs of the football club, the Evertonian fans. However, I don’t think it’s all about just bringing ex-players in.
“You’ve got to be doing it for the right reasons, not just because they played for the club.
“You’ve got to bring something to the party. They’ve got to be useful, not just a face and a name and just because you’ve had a history with the club.
“If Tim’s been out there, learning his trade, then absolutely. He’s got something to bring to the party, along with the fact that he was a hero at Everton as well.
“It all makes sense when you’re looking at it from that perspective. I think they need some ex-players that have been out working abroad and learning their trade in a certain position.
“He knows the Premier League. He knows what players they will need, the characters that are needed to Everton. The history and the foundations of the club that’s already made them successful.
“That wouldn’t be a bad move by Everton, but again, you’ve got to give yourself time.”
Cahill is currently chief sports officer at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.
He is also on the board at Belgian outfit KAS Eupen.
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