Former Everton manager Joe Royle leaves backroom role
Former Everton manager Joe Royle has left his role as part of the club’s backroom staff.
The 68-year-old, who also played for the Toffees, brought the Merseysiders their last trophy success with the 1995 FA Cup.
His decision comes just a week after Sam Allardyce was named as the club’s new manager.
Royle left as Everton manager in 1997 but re-joined the club to help develop young players in July 2014.
Royle stepped in to prepare the Everton team for the final game of the 2015/16 season alongside former player David Unsworth after Roberto Martinez was sacked that May.
Unsworth was appointed caretaker manager earlier this season after Martinez’s replacement, Ronald Koeman, was sacked in October with the club 18th in the Premier League.
The 44-year-old former defender returned to his job as under-23s coach when Allardyce was appointed as permanent manager following a 2-0 win over West Ham at Goodison Park last week.
Royle, who scored 95 goals in 190 appearances as a striker for the Toffees between 1967 and 1971, had been responsible for overseeing youth development alongside Unsworth.
He made his own debut for the club as a 16-year-old.
The former England striker’s role at Goodison was to help young players from Everton’s Academy and Under-23 set-up progress to the first team, and assist with scouting and recruitment.