Everton Academy director Dr Peter Vint has left the Merseyside club after only one year in the job.
Vint, recruited from the Team USA Olympic Committee, has made a sudden and unexpected departure days after he announced the appointment of a new head of Academy coaching.
There is no official explanation at this stage for his exit beyond the American being allowed to pursue ‘other projects’. However, there was no suggestion a change was imminent when Vint oversaw more additions to his department last week.
Only six days ago the director publicly welcomed a new head of Academy coaching Dave Adams from Swansea. The club's press release stated this was ‘following an extensive recruitment process led by Dr Peter Vint’, with Vint adding the new arrival ‘will be a tremendous complement to our coaches, to me and our Academy management team’.
Less than a week later, Everton are seeking Vint's replacement.
“Peter has left the club to pursue other opportunities. We wish him the best in his future pursuits,” the club confirmed.
Vint moved to Everton last season in what was intended to be a forward-thinking measure to ensure the club secured one of the leading sports science experts.
He was headhunted by Everton following his work in the United States where he was senior director of competitive analysis, research and innovation for the country’s Olympic committee.
His appointment came at a time when it was intended he would form a close working relationship with former manager Roberto Martinez. However, Martinez's demise in the second half of last season followed by the appointment of Ronald Koeman left the new arrival looking isolated in his role before he had settled into his office.
There have been murmurings at Academy level that Vint's lack of football experience was creating a challenging and at times difficult environment in the junior levels.
It is known several specialist football coaches at Goodison did not particularly agree with some of the changes he was introducing.
In an interview with Telegraph Sport earlier this season, Vint acknowledged his methods were a break from tradition and he was encountering cynicism.
“I have experienced a bit of that,” he said. “It comes from some uncertainty and curiosity and perhaps even some discomfort people have about having someone who comes from such a different background being put in this position. Who is this guy? What does this mean? Is he going to ‘Moneyball’ us?”
Earlier this week Vint’s teenage son took to social media to claim he was signing for Manchester United rather than heading to Everton’s youth set-up. The 15-year-old later deleted the post. Everton's coaches were aware of the youngster and had not been particularly impressed with him, but Goodison officials are adamant that is not related to Vint's departure.
Everton's current head of operations at the Academy, Joel Waldron, is in the frame to fill the vacancy.