Adams named Everton's new head of academy coaching

Dave Adams

Dave Adams

DAVE ADAMS has been named Everton’s new Academy Head of Coaching, after leaving the same role at Swansea City.

At the start of February, TGG revealed that Adams was leaving Swansea, where he had been since the summer of 2014.

The 37-year-old had even temporarily been assistant manager during Alan Curtis’s spell in charge of the club in 2015/16.

Everton said Adams was the “stand-out choice from a list of more than 90 domestic and international candidates”.

They described him as a “Uefa Pro-Licence coach with a proven track record for developing players and coaches” and “highly-respected and renowned as an innovative coach and educator.”

During Adams’ time at the club, Swansea rose from a Category 2 Academy to Category 1, with a top-tier ranking in Football Development. The club also won its first youth national championship.

Academy Director Dr Peter Vint, who led the recruitment process, said: “Dave is a proven and successful architect of scientifically-informed and expertly-implemented player and coach development systems.

“He has delivered this with a unique blend of football coaching experience and expertise in the applied sciences related to coaching effectiveness, skill acquisition, and football performance.

“He is a thoughtful, innovative professional who possesses the skills, experience and personality to adapt to meet the individual needs of our players and our staff.

“His commitment to player and coach development is reflected by the excellent body of work he has already delivered in these areas and I am genuinely excited to bring him to USM Finch Farm.

“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, and to our entire Academy staff. I am excited to bring him on board and I know he will be a huge asset to Everton.”

Adams added: “I’m really excited to be joining Everton Football Club. This is a big club, with big ambitions to be the best and to produce world-class players.

“My vision is to work with the coaches here and support the player development process to enable the most talented players in the Academy to progress into the first team.

“Everton has a proud history of producing good, young players. The Club is renowned for that and I’m excited by the opportunity to work in an environment where the vision is to be the best.

“I’ve got experience of delivering large-scale player development programmes and the idea is to work with the excellent staff we already have in place to map out a methodology that reflects the Everton philosophy.”

TGG recently reported on the huge investment Everton have put into academy recruitment and coaching.

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