Everton’s academy director Peter Vint has suddenly resigned from his post amid confusion surrounding the future of his son, Will.
The Toffees are trying to nurture academy talents over the past few years, with Tyias Browning, Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell all showing their capabilities to establish themselves at Goodison Park.
Everton have also been eyeing young players in a bid to build for the future, with Matty Foulds, Bassala Sambou and Anton Donkor arriving in recent memory.
Will announced he was joining the Red Devils after writing he was a ‘footballer for Manchester United’ on his Instagram page.
However, Everton academy director Peter Vint’s sudden exit from Goodison Park has raised some significant questions. Vint served a role with the Team USA Olympic Committee before leaving for Everton in December 2015, and was overseeing the club’s youth operations since with much dedication.
And now, just days after Everton announced the appointment of new academy coach Dave Adams, formerly of Swansea City, Vint has decided to leave the Merseyside to ‘pursue other projects’.
The interesting part is the timing of his departure, as the latest reports claim that Vint’s son Will has recently been on trial with Everton ahead of potentially winning a contract with the club.
Instead, the 15-year-old is now on the brink of joining Manchester United, having also undergone a trial at Old Trafford. And while Everton allegedly claim that Vint’s departure is not linked to his son choosing United, the timing is certainly a mysterious one.
A spokesman from Everton told the Times: “Peter has left the club to pursue other opportunities. We wish him the best in his future pursuits.”
From the very beginning, Peter Vint’s appointment as the club’s academy director didn’t go well with the coaching team, as he had no experience in football prior to this new role.