Royle: I've Come Home
Everton legend delighted to be back at Goodison.
Joe Royle feels like he is ‘coming home’ after returning to Everton for a third time.
It was announced on Monday that Royle had joined Roberto Martinez's backroom team in a position that will help facilitate the progress of up-and-coming players breaking through the Club’s youth ranks.
And Royle could not hide his delight after the appointment was confirmed – seven months after he and Martinez first discussed a potential return.
“It’s coming home and another phase in my Everton lifetime,” Royle told evertontv. “I’ve stood on the terraces, been a player and a manager here.
“Now I’m working with the Academy and with Roberto, [chief scout] Kevin Reeves and [Under-21s coach] David Unsworth to look at the futures of those who are hopefully going to be Everton players.
“I’m excited. It’s a role that I first spoke to Roberto about last January. It’s taken this time for the role to develop and I’m rather pleased to back.”
As well as his Everton connections, Royle has also represented and managed Manchester City in a football career spanning over 50 years.
The 65-year-old’s resumé also includes spells in charge of Oldham Athletic and Ipswich Town, while he was most recently working as a football consultant at Norwich City.
But it was his shared vision with Martinez of how young, homegrown players should be integrated into Everton’s first-team setup that was a fundamental reason why Royle was tempted back to Goodison.
“I’ve been in football a long time,” said the Everton Giant. “I’ve been in the professional environment and around football people over half a century.
“I was particularly happy with my big signings here as a manager and I was happy with the signings I made at Oldham that went on to be big players but, more than anything, [it was] the faith in the young players.
“Roberto shares that faith – he wants to see a side here heavily dependent on Everton’s own products. As a fan – no one has ever disputed I’m an Evertonian – you do like to see your own come through."
Last season a whole host of Everton youngsters enjoyed spells out on loan for varying periods of time.
As part of his new position, Royle revealed he will be monitoring the progress of any players that head out on similar arrangements in the future – and he believes his contacts within the game can help ensure they join the most suitable clubs for their development.
Royle added: “Now that most of the money in football is directed to the Premier League, a lot of clubs are living hand to mouth. We can help each other.
“They can give our players experience that the lack of a reserve league deprives them of. Equally, we can get our players out for education if they are going to the right place.
“Again, that is going to be part of the job, selecting and listening to the right place for them.”