Press release: Everton Women is to benefit from increased squad investment and a new leadership structure as the Club sets its sights on challenging for major honours.
As part of changes announced today, an injection of increased resources for squad development has been confirmed for Willie Kirk’s side that will be supported by a new Strategic Leadership Team headed by Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale. The Everton CEO will take on the role as Chair of the new leadership team focused on delivering success for Everton Women – mirroring the strategic vision plotted by the Club CEO for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Director, Sasha Ryazantsev, will also strengthen the Strategic Leadership Team’s capacity by taking on the new role of Managing Director, ensuring Everton Women have senior representation in the Everton boardroom as the Club fully utilises its resources and back-office systems to provide a springboard for the women’s team.
Completing the new Strategic Leadership Team will be Sarvar Ismailov. Sarvar will move from his role as Global Partnerships Consultant at the Club to become Everton Women’s first Sporting and Commercial Director.
The structure is designed for success in all areas of operation, with the new Strategic Leadership Team and Executive Board providing guidance and support for manager Willie Kirk and General Manager Aaron Little.
As part of the restructure, and in addition to the injection of additional funds for scouting and recruitment, Everton Women will benefit from access to enhanced commercial opportunities, as well as increased marketing and promotion, media; digital coverage and a better connection to the Club’s community programmes – through Everton in the Community.
Everton CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “This football club has played a significant role in the development of the women’s game. As well as winning a host of domestic silverware and playing in European competitions, Everton has produced a number of women’s players that have gone on to represent their countries with distinction at major tournaments.