Everton legend Joe Royle has left his role at Everton Football Club following his latest three year spell with the club.
Royle looked after Everton’s young players who were out on loan, as well as helping David Unsworth as caretaker manager on two occasions, and said that he will still attend matches at Goodison Park.
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Joe said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club over the last few years and, in particular, the opportunity to work so closely with David Unsworth. I’ve been hugely impressed with the way in which he has developed his players – I’m certain he has a very bright future ahead of him.
“I would like to send my best wishes to Sam Allardyce and the Club’s new coaching team, I’m sure they will guide us back to where we belong.
“I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked with at the Club, but I’d especially like to pay a personal tribute to Bill Kenwright. He is a dear friend and I will be forever grateful for having been given the chance to come back to my Club once again.
“While it just feels like the right time for me to take a break, I’ll still be around the place. I’ve been coming to Goodison for more than 60 years and I’m not going to stop now. I’ve always been an Evertonian and I will always be an Evertonian.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “As we all know ‘Legend’ is a word that can be overused in football but, as a player, a manager and a man, there is no doubt that to all Evertonians Joe Royle is just that – a legend. He typifies everything that is good about our Club in terms of knowledge, commitment, skill and passion – but most of all in terms of what it means to be a Blue.
“We will all miss him – every single one of us – but maybe most of all, at this time, David Unsworth with whom he has a special relationship. I will never forget the sight of them both together 18 months ago when they stood on the touchline as joint managers of their beloved Everton in that glorious fun-filled afternoon when we romped home against Norwich.
“The door is always open, Joe. Come back home whenever you want…”