By Danny Mills

5th Dec, 2020 | 9:00pm

'Get Him Signed Up' - Exclusive: Everton told to seal deal by Mills after huge Athletic reveal

Danny Mills has urged Everton to secure the long-term future of sporting director Marcel Brands after it was reported the Dutchman is close to signing a new deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England defender who is well connected at Goodison Park with his son in the club’s academy, admitted he was surprised Manchester United had not moved to appoint Brands.

The Athletic reported last week the 58-year-old is “likely” to sign a new contract amid interest from the Red Devils.

The Sun claimed in November that Brands could become the club’s first-ever director of football in a proposed restructure at Old Trafford.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of the job Brands had done on Merseyside, Mills said: “He’s had a big impact and he’s done it over the course of time.

“The owner has given him money and it’s taken him a little bit of time.

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“I’ve seen it right through the system, in terms of academy and recruitment all the way through to bring in Ancelotti and some very good players in conjunction with him.

“It’s a process, it doesn’t happen overnight so I think for Everton the right thing to do is to get him signed up.

“I’m actually surprised the likes of Manchester United haven’t come sniffing sooner to be honest when they are desperate for somebody in that role who knows the role, has experience and a good track record.

“I don’t want him to leave Everton but you do start to wonder why the biggest club in the world, supposedly, haven’t come knocking on the door before.”

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