Everton fans react as Joe Royle leaves the club

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Everton hero has left his position overseeing the development of the club's academy players.

Ex Everton manager Joe Royle arrives before the Premier League 2 match between Sunderland and Everton at the Hetton Centre  on January 8, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Joe Royle has left his position as part of the Everton coaching staff.

As reported by BBC Sport, Royle rejoined Everton in 2014 to help with the development of the club's young players, while he also helped to prepare the team alongside David Unsworth for the final game of the 2015/16 season against Norwich City following the dismissal of Roberto Martinez.

Royle commenced his playing career at Everton and scored 119 goals for the club in 276 appearances.

Everton coach (R) Joe Royle arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on May 15, 2016.

Later Royle returned to Everton as a manager as he guided the Toffees to glory in the 1995 FA Cup, with his side prevailing past Manchester United in the final.

Still well respected amongst Everton supporters, Royle has been widely praised for the work that he has done with the club's academy players in recent years.

Everton coach Joe Royle arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on May 15, 2016.

There have been suggestions in some quarters that Royle's departure from Everton is a consequence of new manager Sam Allardyce attempting to put his own stamp on the club.

However, others have indicated that, given that he is 68 years old, Royle may simply be electing to retire.

Here's how Everton fans reacted to Royle's departure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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