Former Everton FC communications chief Alan Myers, who announced on Thursday that he had left his job at Goodison for personal reasons, has accepted the same role at Blackburn Rovers.

The former North West bureau chief for Sky Sports News was announced as the director of communications at Ewood Park just 24 hours after departing Everton, whom he had joined last August.

Myers had initially responded to tweets saying that he was unlikely to stay in the media, but on Friday afternoon Rovers confirmed the appointment.

Alan Myers at Rovers

Alan Myers at Rovers

Rovers managing director Derek Shaw said: “Once we were made aware that Alan had left Everton, we moved quickly to secure the services of a very talented and experienced football man.

“We have seen how he engaged with the Everton fans and the significant success he had over a short period of time, and that is what attracted us to him.

“After discussions with the owners, it was unanimously agreed for Alan to join Blackburn Rovers as early as Monday and his appointment will further strengthen our existing media team.”

Myers said: “I am extremely excited to join Blackburn Rovers and be at a club with such rich traditions and history.

“I have observed from a distance, through my work at Sky, developments at Blackburn Rovers over the past few years and have been really impressed in recent months at the stability and progress being made both on and off the field.

“One of my first tasks will be to engage with the Rovers fans. I think it’s fair to say they’ve had a difficult time over the last few years, but that is changing now and I want to be part of that.

“Madam Desai and the Rao family have tasked me with bringing the club and its fans together and that is my main aim here.

“I’m extremely excited to be working with Gary Bowyer – one of the country’s brightest young managers – and I am joining an extremely talented and committed management team, led by managing director Derek Shaw, along with hugely experienced Football Secretary Ian Silvester.

“I believe this is a really exciting time for Blackburn Rovers and its fans.”

Myers later sought to assure fans over the speed of his sudden club switch. He wrote on Twitter: “I never left Everton to join Blackburn, I joined Blackburn because I had left Everton. I am delighted to join Rovers and hope the fans welcome me like the Evertonians did.”