Everton: Joe Royle joins Roberto Martinez's backroom staff

Former Everton manager Joe Royle
Royle managed Everton from 1994 to 1997

Former Everton manager Joe Royle has rejoined the club as part of Roberto Martinez's backroom staff.

The 65-year-old will help bring through young players from the academy and assist with scouting and recruitment.

"Joe's experience and football know-how will be hugely beneficial for the youngsters," Martinez said.

Royle won the 1995 FA Cup during his spell in charge, having made 225 appearances as a player for The Toffees between 1966 and 1974.

He had been appointed as a consultant to Norwich City boss Neil Adams just six weeks ago.

"I made my debut for Everton as a 16-year-old so I understand what it means to be a young player coming through at this football club," he said.

"I was happy with my role at Norwich City and wouldn't have considered an offer from any other club than Everton. It's like coming home for me.

"I'd like to thank Norwich for their co-operation and understanding with this situation and I wish Neil Adams and everyone at Carrow Road all the best for the new season."