Everton boss Roberto Martinez has recruited former player and manager Joe Royle to his backroom team at Goodison Park.
The Spaniard worked wonders during his first season in charge of the Blues after being handed the job of replacing David Moyes following the Scot’s ill-fated move to Manchester United.
But Martinez is not resting on his laurels after a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last term and has looked to ease some of the pressure by bringing in Royle to help young academy players and the Under-21 squad.
“Everyone knows the incredible influence Joe has had at our football club, both as a player and a manager,” Martinez said.
“He is a true Evertonian and we all welcome him back to Goodison Park.
“We are all very excited with the talent coming through in our academy and we pride ourselves on the work we do with the young players.
“Joe’s experience and football know-how will be hugely beneficial for the youngsters at a key stage of their development. He is the first major change in our structure in player development.”
Royle made more than 200 appearances for the club from 1966-74 and the former striker was in charge at Goodison between 1994 and 1997.
The former Oldham, Manchester City and Ipswich boss has left his role as football consultant at Norwich to make a return to Merseyside.
Everton kick off the new Premier League season next month with a trip to promoted Leicester City and are 2.30 to win. The Foxes are 2.84 to take all three points with the draw 3.20.