Report: Royle leaves Everton week after Allardyce takes over

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 helped David Unsworth in overseeing the development of Everton's youth.

Sunderland assistant manager Paul Bracewell chats with ex-Everton manager Joe Royle during the Premier League 2 match between Sunderland and Everton at the Hetton Centre  on January 8,...

Everton legend Joe Royle has left Goodison Park, according to BBC Sport, just a week into Sam Allardyce's tenure as manager of the Merseyside club.

Royle, 68, had been in charge of overseeing the club's youth development alongside recent interim manager David Unsworth since July 2014, and has even taken charge of the first team in between managers.

However, the former Ipswich Town and Manchester City man is said to have stepped down from his role just a matter of days into Allardyce's reign as Toffees boss. It remains to be seen if there is to be a replacement for Royle.

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

Royle's association with Everton first began way back in 1966, where he spent eight years as a senior player at Goodison Park - clocking up 232 appearances in the blue of the Merseyside giants and scoring an impressive 102 goals.

He moved to Manchester City in 1974, before spells with Bristol City and Norwich City as well as picking up six England caps. Retiring in 1982, Royle went straight into management with the Canaries.

Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth gestures on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north...

Royle's departure seems to be out of the blue, with caretaker boss Unsworth choosing to return to his previous role rather than leave Goodison Park to find a new job.

It remains to be seen if the Everton icon is the only member of the backroom staff to leave, or an exodus is on the cards following Allardyce's takeover.

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