Everton have appointed the club legend Graeme Sharp to their board as a non-executive director.
Sharp, the second-highest goalscorer in Everton’s history and a club ambassador since 2000, will be involved in all football-related decisions but is not a replacement for the former director of football Marcel Brands.
It is understood Sharp’s appointment to the board was planned before Brands left Everton last month amid widespread criticism of Farhad Moshiri’s ownership.
Everton announced a strategic review into all levels of their football operation after Brands’ departure and that remains ongoing.
Sharp, 61, will continue in his role as the club’s players’ life president but relinquish his other duties to work on the board. The former Scotland international said: “This club is in my blood. Joining the board and being able to play a part in shaping Everton’s future is one of the greatest honours of all. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and take my responsibility as a custodian of our great club very seriously.”