Joe Royle

Joe Royle joined Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at Everton in July 2014 – signalling the start of his third spell at Goodison Park.

The Everton Giant’s responsibilities include facilitating the progress of young talents breaking through from the Everton Academy and Under-21 setup and assisting in scouting and the recruitment of players.

For almost 40 years Royle was the proud holder of the record as the youngest player to figure in the Everton first-team following his appearance at the age of 16 against Blackpool in 1966.

He enjoyed a rapid - and fully deserved - rise to stardom, utilising his imposing physique to good effect as he fired his way into the first division scoring charts.

In four seasons between 1967 and 1971 he rifled in a remarkable 95 goals from 190 appearances. His power and goals made him a crucial member of the 1970 Championship winning side and he also enjoyed a Charity Shield victory and was part of a side that lost out in the FA Cup final of 1968.

In total, Royle finished his playing career at Everton with a total 119 goals in 275 appearances.

He later went on to play for Manchester City, Bristol City and Norwich City before moving into management.

Royle was in charge at Oldham Athletic for 12 years, guiding them to top-flight promotion in 1991. He also steered the Latics to the 1990 League Cup final and the semi-finals of the FA Cup in both 1990 and 1994.

The former striker’s career came full circle in November 1994 when he returned to Goodison Park for a second time.

Replacing Mike Walker as manager, he enjoyed FA Cup glory less than a year after taking charge when he masterminded a famous 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley.

He guided the club to sixth the following season in 1996 but a succession of injuries and the resulting dip in results led to his departure in 1997.

Royle then then managed Manchester City, achieving back-to-back promotions from Division Two to the Premier League in 1999 and 2000.

He later went on to take over at Ipswich Town before serving a second – though much shorter spell - as boss of Oldham towards the end of the 2008/09 season.

And after a very brief spell as a football consultant at another former club, Norwich City, Royle came back ‘home’ to Everton in July 2014.

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