Vaughan appointed Head of Academy Recruitment and Pathways by Everton

James Vaughan: Returned to Everton as Loans Pathway Manager in September 2022

James Vaughan: Returned to Everton as Loans Pathway Manager in September 2022

JAMES VAUGHAN has been promoted to the new role of Head of Academy Recruitment and Player Pathways at Everton.

The 35-year-old, who made 60 appearances for the club as a player, rejoined the Blues as Loans Pathway Manager in September 2022. This involved identifying loan opportunities for Everton development players and monitoring and mentoring them while on loan.

Everton will not be replacing that role until the takeover by 777 Partners goes through. In his new role, Vaughan will work “closely with several football departments at Academy and men’s senior level” and “aim to identify and recruit the best young talent locally and nationally.”

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The former Tranmere Sporting Director added: “This is a new role I am extremely passionate and excited about and to be given the opportunity to do it at Everton is a real honour.

"I said when I rejoined the club 18 months ago it felt like I'd come home. It's a privilege to be here, knowing what the Club means to so many people. I know because I feel that, too.

"We want the best for Everton and I will work relentlessly in helping to achieve our wider goal of building a bright future for this club."

Director of Football Kevin Thelwell said: "We are delighted James is stepping up to become Head of Academy Recruitment & Player Pathways, a new role within our football structure.

"Having been part of the Club since the age of six and progressing through the playing ranks, from pre-Academy to the Men's Senior Team, we believe James will offer a unique perspective. With his personal experience, outstanding football knowledge and determined character, we are confident he will succeed in what is a very important position as we build for the future.”

Everton Academy Recruitment Manager Ian Lavery died following a short illness in July 2023.

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