Gareth Prosser has emerged as a leading contender to become Everton’s new academy director, The Athletic understands.
Although a deal is yet to be confirmed, Prosser, who previously worked with current Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell in a similar role at Wolves, is in the box seat for the vacant post.
Everton are on the lookout for a new academy director and new Under-23 head coach after the departure of David Unsworth in April. Where Unsworth previously held both positions, the decision has been taken by Thelwell to split the roles, something that has been welcomed in academy circles.
It is understood Everton received hundreds of applications for the two positions, including several from current Premier League clubs. But Prosser is now favourite to become academy director following the interview process.
Currently a general manager at Professional Game Academy AuditCo which conducts the independent auditing process for academies on behalf of the Premier League, EFL and FA, Prosser is highly regarded in the game.
He was involved in the Elite Player Performance Plan development at Wolves, resulting in their academy achieving Category One status in 2012 and retaining it four years later. At the time, Wolves were one of only six Category One academies to achieve an unconditional three-year licence.
Under Prosser and Thelwell’s watch, Wolves were also at one stage ranked as the third-best academy in the country.
Thelwell gave a glowing testimony when Prosser left Molineux in 2018.
“I don’t think we could have had a more professional, diligent and caring individual to look after the development of our young players over the last decade at Wolves,” he said.
”It was a very easy decision for me to appoint him academy manager because it was perfectly clear to me that he was ready for the challenge, and I think he has proven that by the great work that he has done in the role.”
Everton have already appointed Kevin Nicholson as academy coach educator following a strategic review conducted earlier this year.
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