By Alex McLeish

3rd Dec, 2020 | 12:00pm

McLeish Exclusive: Everton big name tipped to agree new contract after key reveal

Alex McLeish has admitted tying Marcel Brands down to a new contract is a “no brainer” for Everton after Carlo Ancelotti’s ringing endorsement.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League and Scotland manager has suggested the board will want to keep the Italian boss happy by handing the director of football a new deal.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about Brands’ future last week, Ancelotti revealed he thought it was “important” that the club manage to agree terms with the Dutchman and keep him at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.

Brands, who arrived on Merseyside from PSV Eindhoven back in 2018, is set to be out of contract at the end of the season.

McLeish believes that Ancelotti’s public vote of confidence in the Everton chief should be enough to convince the Everton board to get a deal done as soon as possible.

Asked how important he thought it was to keep Brands on board, McLeish told Football Insider: The fact that Ancelotti has endorsed him, I’m sure the directors will back the manager because Ancelotti’s done such a good job up till now.

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“The fact that, when you keep a steady ship, it works better for everybody and the fact that you’ve just let me know that Ancelotti’s a fan of his, then for me it’s a no brainer now.

“I can make my case for Brands but Ancelotti is the real one who has to do it.” 

Ancelotti told the Liverpool Echo: “I have a good relationship with him, but apart from this a friendship. I think he is doing a fantastic job, he’s been at this club more than me.

“I found the club really well organised. I found a really important scouting department. So I think it will be important for him to continue and to find a deal with the club.”

In other Everton news, the Toffees have been tipped to sign two new players after duo “frightened” versus Leeds.