In a rare management update from club which comes out in public, Graeme Sharp has been appointed Everton players’ life president. Graeme Sharp, 59 is Everton’s post-war leading scorer. The former Scotland striker scored 160 goals in 447 appearances – second only to Dixie Dean on the Everton scoring list – between 1980 and 1991 and returned to Goodison in an ambassadorial position in 2000.
Speaking about his new enhanced advisory role to the board, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said “It’s all about the DNA with Evertonians and Sharpy has that.That is the reason why we asked him to be the players’ life president. Sharpy was a major part of the club’s greatest period ever. He’s not only kept that love of Everton, he’s kept the Everton DNA and that’s why the fans love him. I could not imagine Everton without Graeme Sharp.”
Sharp, who won two League titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners’ Cup with the Blues, will provide a point of contact for the club’s captain, board, academy, executive leadership team and first-team management staff.
Carlo Ancelotti said: “The players are really sad for this moment. I said to them I lost the Champions League final after winning 3-0, these things happen. This is the beauty of football because in football you never know and I think that experience was good for me to avoid this kind of problem. This could be a good moment to show we are focused from the beginning and that we want to win. We don’t take into consideration the advantage we have, it is important but the most important thing is to play well for 90 minutes.”