Alan Myers appointed Everton FC's new head of communications
Alan Myers, the current North West bureau chief for Sky Sports News based in Wilmslow, is returning to Everton FC as the club's new head of communications having previously been a press officer for the club in the 90's. He will be the Blues' third head of comms in 18 months.
He is due to join the club in August.
Myers has spent over 20 years reporting on football and the sporting media in the UK.
In 1996 he was appointed the first press officer for Everton where during his time he had to deal with the media attention that surrounded the appointment of four different managers and a boardroom takeover.
After five years at Everton he joined Sky Sports News as a reporter and was subsequently appointed North West Bureau Chief.
He spent a short period of time working with Everton chief executive Robert Elstone at Sky in Wilmslow when Elstone was heading up a new Sky operation which at the time was being managed out of the North.
Myers said: To say I am thrilled to return to Everton is a huge understatement, the football club is a massive part of my life and I am honoured to be part of such a great team both on and off the field.
"I cannot wait to get started and take up what will be a huge challenge but one I am absolutely relishing. It will be good to return to see a few old faces alongside some new ones.
"There is lots of work to undertake in the short, medium and long term and one of my first priorities will be to work with our fan base directly on the 2014/15 club crest.
"As our fans know, our chief executive has said that the next crest will be developed by Evertonians for Evertonians and I am confident we will be able to achieve that goal together.”
Elstone added: "Alan has been a long-time friend of the club and it is great to welcome him back to Goodison.
"I’m certain that his experiences at BSkyB alongside his passion for the club will bring great benefit to our existing communications team and all his new colleagues at Goodison.
"As we enter a new era for the club in 2013/14, Alan will be tasked with heading up our experienced media and communications team alongside providing strategic leadership, guidance and support as part of our senior executive team.”