Why Joe Royle is perfect fit for Roberto Martinez's Everton

Joe Royle's return to Everton will prove to be an inspired move by Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.

As a player and a manager, Joe Royle is an Everton legend, and the last boss to win a trophy with the Blues returns to his former side with a similar ethos to the Spaniard.

Martinez has never made any secret of his plans to give youth a chance at Goodison Park, and despite being tentatively introduced to the first-team set-up under David Moyes, Ross Barkley and John Stones truly flourished under the former Wigan boss's guidance last term.

Speaking earlier this week, Martinez explained his desire to give a number of his young charges a chance to stake their claim next season, and it is something that Royle agrees with.

“It’s coming home and another phase in my Everton lifetime,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “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 be back. Roberto 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. 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. 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 all help each other out.”

Martinez's modern philosophy and approach to his work fits with Royle's ideals, despite the two coaches coming from very different eras of football.

Martinez's olive branch to Royle was a shrewd move, and after a career in football that has spanned over 50 years, it is easy to see why the former Manchester City boss has been brought back to Goodison Park.


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