Everton have appointed former striker Graeme Sharp as a non-executive director to help advise on football-related matters.
The 61-year-old will retain his role as life president of the club’s players, but will step down all other club functions to focus on his role on the board.
Everton are currently undertaking a strategic review of the club’s football operations following the departure of director of football Marcel Brands a month ago following the appointment of Rafael Benitez last summer.
The introduction of Sharp, who played 447 times for the club between 1980 and 1991, to the board will provide at least one football-related contribution at the managerial level.
“We were determined to have someone join us with not only a great knowledge of Everton, but also a deep knowledge and experience of football,” said Chairman Bill Kenwright.
“Someone who could support and challenge. And in Sharpy’s case, we have it in abundance.
The club’s second-highest goalscorer after Dixie Dean won two league titles, an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1980s.
“This club is in my blood. I’ve had many great days as Blue – and joining the board and being able to play a role in Everton’s future is one of the biggest honors of all, ”he said. .
“I look forward to working with my fellow board members and taking my responsibility as the goalkeeper of our great club very seriously. “