Senior man sparks Everton mystery following sudden departure - report
By Matt Farr
Everton academy director Dr Peter Vint has quit his role at the club after just one year, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Everton chief has left the Merseyside club under mystery circumstances, just days after the appointment of a new head of academy coaching.
Vint had welcomed Swansea’s Dave Adams to the club’s academy coaching team six days ago, but it was widely expected that the appointment was the start of an exciting new project at the club.
Following Adams’ appointment, Vint had told the club’s official website: “I believe Dave’s experience and understanding of global high-performance environments will be a tremendous complement to our coaches, to me and our Academy Management Team.”
However, Vint’s unexpected departure leaves Everton with another vacancy to fill.
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He had only been appointed by the Premier League club a year ago, after making an impression with his work for the United States Olympic committee, where he was senior director in charge of competitive analysis, research and innovation.
However, it is understood that Vint’s lack of football experience was creating problems in the academy setup, and that several of Everton’s specialist coaches did not agree with his changes.
With no official explanation from the club as to Vint’s departure, it is yet unclear whether his apparent strained relationship with a number of his colleagues was a contributing factor.
Everton’s current head of operations at the academy, Joel Waldron, is expected to be considered to replace Vint in his role.