Feb 282014

28 Feb 2014 18:36

Ex-Sky sports broadcast veteran had only been with the Toffees for six months

Alan Myers interviews Everton’s Bryan Oviedo

Former Everton FC communications chief Alan Myers has taken over the same role at Blackburn Rovers just 24 hours after quitting Goodison Park.

The ex-Sky sports broadcast veteran had only been with the Toffees for six months after being appointed in the summer.

Myers, who is a passionate Evertonian, quickly became a popular figure with the club’s supporters for his willingness to engage over social media, and his public role in consulting fans over the decision to change the club crest after a controversial re-design.

However, the Blues announced yesterday that he had left citing ‘personal reasons’, and Myers later took to Twitter to thank the club staff, fans and players for their support.

He initially replied to Tweets asking about his next career move that it was unlikely it would be a media role, but earlier this afternoon the Championship club revealed they had appointed him.

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.”

Earlier today Myers tweeted that he had gone to say goodbye to Blues boss Roberto Martinez.

‘Just been to say goodbye to Roberto, that man is pure class we are so lucky to have him!’ he wrote.

Then later on – following a flurry of tweets from Everton fans questioning the circumstances of his new role – he wrote: ‘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’.

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