Danny Mills claims that the future of Everton manager Marco Silva will lie in the hands of Sporting Director Marcel Brands. 

The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Dutchman should be the man in charge of determining who comes in and out of Goodison Park, including in the dugout.

Silva’s future at the club has come under heavy scrutiny after a poor start to the Premier League season, the Toffees sitting 17th in the table after 14 games.

However, despite Football Insider revealing that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright are in discussions over who could replace Silva, Mills says Brands will have a significant influence over the decision.

Mills told Football Insider: “He’s effectively the man who appoints the manager, Sporting Director, that’s part of your title, part of your job that you have to do.

“It’s why you’re there, you appoint the manager, who comes in, who goes out. You oversee recruitment and everything else. You can get that appointment two or three times and after that people have to start asking questions of the technical director and who’s making the appointments.

“Marco Silva was his first appointment. You’re allowed one, if you get the second one wrong, people start to look at you and think: ‘Hang on a minute, is this person making the right decisions?'” 

Brands has been in his role at Goodison Park since leaving PSV Eindhoven back in 2018, the 57-year-old helping his side win three league titles in the Netherlands.

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