Everton Football Club have officially appointed Steve Walsh as their Director of Football.
The club made the announcement on its official website on Thursday afternoon, with the 51-year-old occupying the role with immediate effect.
Walsh had been joint Assistant Manager and Head of Recruitment at Premier League champions Leicester City.
But he will now head up the scouting and player recruitment roles, among others, at Goodison Park after the two clubs agreed a compensation package on Wednesday.
Speaking to evertonfc.com, Walsh spoke of his excitement ahead of the next chapter in his career.
He said: “I’m proud and privileged to become Director of Football at such a fantastic and historic club.
“With a new manager and a new major shareholder, it feels very much like a new era here at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.
“I know the Club well, my roots are in the north west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact.
“I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago. I’m genuinely excited to be here at the Club and very much looking forward to getting down to work.”
Walsh originally worked as a part-time scout for Bury, Chester and as a North West scout for Chelsea – roles he juggled while as Head of Physical Education at a number of schools in Chorley.
He was appointed as a full-time European scout by Chelsea before departing for Newcastle United in 2006.
Spells at Leicester and Hull City followed, before he returned to the East Midlands under then-Foxes manager Nigel Pearson.
He was promoted under new Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, and helped guide the King Power Stadium-based outfit to a first ever league title.
Walsh has been credited with unearthing the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante throughout his distinguished career.
He will now work alongside Blues boss Ronald Koeman in identifying new targets for Everton in the seasons ahead.
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