Joe Royle has left Norwich City to join Everton

Joe Royle during his time as manager of Ipswich Town, Picture: PA Joe Royle during his time as manager of Ipswich Town, Picture: PA

Monday, July 14, 2014
7:19 PM

Joe Royle has ended his role as a football consultant with Norwich City – little more than six weeks after joining the club.

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Royle has now been appointed to the backroom staff of another of his former clubs, Everton.


Everton have confirmed the deal on their website this evening, with Royle quoted as saying: “I was happy with my role at Norwich City and wouldn’t have considered an offer from any other club than Everton. It’s like coming home for me.


“I’d like to thank Norwich for their co-operation and understanding with this situation and I wish Neil Adams and everyone at Carrow Road all the best for the new season.”


Royle, a former Norwich City player of the season and Ipswich Town manager, is returning to the club he managed in the 1990s to assist manager Roberto Martinez with scouting and recruiting players, as well as with the club’s academy.


The 65-year-old led Everton to FA Cup glory as a manager in 1995 and also scored 119 goals in 275 appearances for the Toffees as a player.


Royle was announced as a football consultant by the Canaries on June 2, as part of Neil Adams’ new backroom team, who Royle had managed as a player at Oldham.


But now it looks as though Adams will not be able to rely on Royle’s advice as regularly as he had hoped.


Royle continued: “It’s great to be back. Everyone knows how much Everton means to me – it has been in my blood for over 50 years.


“I admire what Roberto achieved in his debut season and I am really looking forward to working alongside him.


“I made my debut for Everton as a 16-year-old so I understand what it means to be a young player coming through at this football club. I’m looking forward to using my experience to help the players we have here.”


Everton boss Martinez said: Roberto Martinez said: “Everyone knows the incredible influence Joe has had at our football club, both as a player and a manager. 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.”

52 comments

  • If NCFC had appointed an experienced manager , they wouldn`t have needed to have got an OAP as a consultant ....Let`s hope Joe got his expenses sheet in before he left .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • cutty, I was alluding to Jack Sparrow tempting Barbossa with a better ship, better fleet and a bigger hat! The bigger hat was the real tempter. So real. Those fantasy films are so much nearter the truth than Archie`s reporting. Reportedly, Johnny Depp is being offered a Directorship at Carra. Stevie F will step down to let Johnny in.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • What a complete tw@t.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Whats the problem with lack of information and signings? Certain people said they would rather die than get relegated so what happened to the resolve? went out the window when it was realised money would have to be spent and experience bought. Going up under Lambert was just a fluke, get over it. Come on you yellow board.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • The fact is people like Joe are too old and have been out of football too long to be able to offer sensible advice so I see this as a positive move for the club. Football is forever evolving and it takes someone with current experience to understand this. If Neil needs to chew the cud then he may as well turn to Dave Stringer or Ken Brown as they understand NCFC better than Joe ever could. Neil needs to stand on his own two feet, be his own man and do it his way. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Just a timely reminder that there is not any loyalty in professional football except with the fans.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • A blessing in disguise.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Yeah Brew, change to the 'weastern' theme. Good straight shooter rides into town with big white hat. Bad guys with small black hats bite the dust. I remember hiding behind the seats and shooting at the screen during the chase scenes.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • All the best for the future Joe, thank you for all of your hard work.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • You are right Brew - there are people on Archant's comment boards with more aliases than a Tower Hamlets ballot paper.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Well that's a relief.

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    Johhny Reggae

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • News like this is great fodder for moaners looking for any stick to beat the club with, but in reality I dont think it will have any bearing on our manager's ability to do the job. Basically Royle came, did f - all... and left.

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I dunno, alan clark. I`m fed up with the whole business of trolls\multiple identities\identity theft. This malady ranges from risible, through laughable, to downright sinister. And it`s only football! Btw cutty, does Neil get a new hat now... a bigger one?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • What a shambles who is pulling the strings at Carrow Road?

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Picking up on Outside The Box's nautical theme, perhaps it's Commander Neil flexing his muscles again. He's got Captain Seb out of the way and now he's waved goodbye to Admiral Joe. He's already started to change the crew with a couple of key players coming in, maybe one or two might have to walk the plank or jump ship, but we are told we have the cash to replace them and a new recruiter to help bring them in. In the end Commander Neil will be able to sail the ship his way. shows backbone and confidence. The new Enterprise is boldly on her way and God bless all who sail in her.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Bit of an own goal taking him on but nowhere as bad as Cameron taking on Coulson.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Regardless of the spin, this reflects very badly on the decision makers at the club, who talked up the importance of his appointment. Clearly they thought needed someone, so what's changed? How can seriously expect buy-in and loyalty from our best players when their heads get turned, when members of the management teams are bailing out? Its not looking good!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Well it is no good dreaming of dream teams they were never going to happen! No point in playing the blame game with Joe either. Simply get on with the job of appointing one who puts Norwich FIRST. Take time.

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    mardler

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Showed his loyalties, must have had an idea the Everton job was vacant. Good riddance to him. We want passionate people

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Amazing the amount of 1p5wich posters on here using various non de plumes (is that correct Brewster?) Or the Norfolk Man Uspurs Glory hunters who post on here,thinking it justifies them when having a dig at us.Who most were laughing when royal was 1st appointed with digs like oap etc.. For me the appointment was originally to advise Adams when he wanted it... Now he can still ring Royal for advice without us paying him!

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Joe's role, as already stated, was never that clear. For a while it came across that he was acting as Head of Recruitment but since that position is now filled does Joe need replacing? The only reason I can find to say yes is if NA wants someone experienced alongside for guidance - which would suggest a lack of confidence. There are no doubt plenty of names we could all come up with in the "ex-managers looking for a job" category. Glen Hoddle for example came across well in his world cup pundit role. However I would like to hear less about backroom staff and a bit more about players.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • MB, is right, this is a muddle. It does not augur well for the season ahead.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • M T P dont panic just have a quick one in the Bull

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • if Joe Royle wants to do this thats fine, but my concern is that the guys that appointed him to the Norwich position , after the obvious period of due diligence , got it wrong. Is it six wasted weeks and do we now have a wait to appoint someone else into that position with the season a mere 4 weeks away, or rely on the backroom tea we have to attract the new blood to Norwich..Joes role appeared a little vague and as other posters have intimated it may not be more than a small hiccup, but it does not give the appearance of a tight knit group with a single purpose, as did the lack of an explanation to the missing players at Dereham [ although an answer was eventually provided]. The communication from the club to us fans requires a shake up, if only to prevent some of our flights of fancy in the lack of any detail. I am off to Braintree tomorrow

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Once a blue always a blue!

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    threenewknees

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • I'm a little disappointed, but then I always am when someone chooses another club over Norwich. In hindsight it was a strange appointment, and I would hope that the management team can cope without him, it's not like he'd had enough time to have become a massive influence on the playing staff, so they won't miss what they never really had. His heart clearly wasn't here, it was at the club he has served with distinction for many years as player and manager, so let him go with grace and move on.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Don`t panic! Just hit the ground running. An insider informs me that our team is to be parachuted into Molineux for the opening game. 3 points a "given" there.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Ken Clarke is now available.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Gone to Everton to look after the youngsters, a grandad role, sad really. When you look at it was he ever going to travel to Norwich to hold Neil's hand? Was it going to be the odd phone call? Looks as if he's gone from a nothing job to a nothing job. Bet the youth coaches at Everton are thrilled.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • With so many novices steering the ship, Royle has seen the iceberg on the horizon.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Well there's loyalty for you! What's the point of a contract if it can be so easily and casually broken in six weeks? However for me this is another side issue. The thing that is still concerning me is the uncertainty surrounding the squad. We are now only a month away from the start of the new season. Under Adams and back in the Championship we are in a state of serious transition. Yet we almost certainly have nowhere near a settled squad. Who is staying? Who is going? Who are we signing? The need to start the campaign on the right foot and hit the ground running has been repeatedly stressed. But I worry as to whether we will be equipped to do so? While I remain optimistic I temper that with a big slice of realism. All the bold talk and chest-beating about making an immediate return to the Premiership is all very well but there are numerous big and good teams and good players in this division, many of whom are acclimatised to the demands of the Championship.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Btw; if I were to put an uncharacteristically positive `Spin` on things, I would say it`s a Muggers` Buddle.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • I suppose his "appointment" bought the hierarchy a shard of time while they struggled with their `Basic Management Structure for Dummies Course` at The Sloley College of Obfuscation. Is that OK, M_T_P? I suspect Mattias is struck dumb, but he can speak for himself. I suspect MichiCan has the best perception of what`s occurring here.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Perhaps... you're of the party machine..? It's very, nice, how you put a positive slant to everything that's happened to the club as we have diminished in heart and vigour. And Drereham are a very good side that punched above their weight...

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    Gruff

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • You have an idea, it doesn't work, you have the courage to move on! pas de problème

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    Lobbo

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Not quite sure this is indicative of a "shambles." Joe Royle is massively associated with Everton, who are a top half Premiership team - of course he's gonna take a job with them. As for others leaving, that's kinda what happens when you get relegated, no?

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    Saturday Skin

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Where the hell are Mad Brewer and Matthias when you need them?! All hands to the pumps!

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Not necessarily a bad thing. He came to Norwich to support Adams. Perhaps he feels that Neil knows what he's doing and he doesn't feel he can really add much to the mix.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Agree that it is worrying that we lack back room experience to support a novice manager in a competitive league. Not sure if Phelan is the answer though; but we need someone that could help breathe confidence to potential new signings. OTBC.

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    Yellowexile

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • On its own this would not be a problem but with the way the club operated last season I feel very nervous about the coming season. We have a rookie manager who seems a bit old school for my liking.

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    JohnnyH

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Does not reflect well as to what is happening inside NCFC, along with a lot of other "non-information". Having said that, I do not see what his role was, and don't believe we have lost anything relative to winning the Championship, although we do still have a lot more to add to achieve this.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • What the hell is going on with this club. Shambles.

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    jonathan frost

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • What now for clueless Neil Adams , next Ruddy Fer Olson etc who wants to come to Norwich with also a clueless board.as I have said before watch this space in May

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    El tel

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Totally agree Double D. I never understood that appointment in the 1st place. Phelan would be good but I've confident in Adams + Holt together anyway.

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • What is going on? Am becoming increasingly concerned that Mr Adams will struggle without some guidance. Why not bring in Phelan like someone suggested - far better than Royle. It just worries me that people are jumping ship. We need stability and unity. I just don't have much confidence that we're going to hit the ground running.

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    Boris

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Good picture, Bye,Bye Neil !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • But have we got a manager with the necessary experience?

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    Boris

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • PS. We need manager who doesn't need his hand holding !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • 6 weeks not 6 months! obviously had a watertight contract, what did Addams expect from someone who had managed Ipswich loyalty? bring on the clowns!

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • There's gratitude for you! May you live in interesting times, Mr Royle.

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    la barbe

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Bizarre, but don't think it's necessarily bad news. Now if NCFC could tempt Mike Phelan into the role that might be a good piece of business.

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    Double D

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Well so much for that dream team...

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    Graham Last

    Monday, July 14, 2014

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