Apr 222014

Martinez wants Goodison great Royle to be the Blues new development director

Roberto Martinez says Everton FC legend Joe Royle is “tailor made” for a new role he has created at the club.

Martinez wants Goodison great Royle to be the Blues new development director to monitor players out on loan and work closely with those graduating from the under-21s.

The Everton boss has held initial talks with Royle and believes the former title-winning striker – who went on to lift the FA Cup as manager – will be a “terrific” addition to his backroom staff.

And Martinez believes that Royle has all the key attributes to succeed in a job that he sees as vital to helping Academy graduates bridge the gap to the first-team.

“I would love if Joe could join us,” Martinez told the ECHO.

“It is a very, very important role we are trying to develop in the development part of a footballer.

“Joe brings everything that we are looking in that position.

“He is an Evertonian, he knows the football club inside and out, he has been a manager at the club who has won silverware and he can help give us a real winning mentality into the youngsters.

“And he can find those small percentages in players at the age of 18, 19, 20 and 21, that they are missing before getting into the first-team squad.

“It is a tailor-made role for Joe and we’ll find out very soon if we can get that into place. He will be a terrific addition.”

Martinez explained: “He will look at the players who have gone through under-21 level and have been developed to their maximum potential with Alan Stubbs and his team.

“They will then go to Joe and find what is next for them.

“That could be out on loan, it could be individual programmes, it could be allowing them to fulfil what is needed as professionals and try to get as many of them in the first-team.”

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