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Everton legend Joe Royle returns to Goodison dugout

David Unsworth to join former manager for Norwich game

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Everton have confirmed that former manager Joe Royle and former player David Unsworth will take charge of the Toffees for Sunday's final game of the season against Norwich following Roberto Martinez 's sacking earlier today.

For Royle it will be a return to the Everton dugout 19 years since he left the club in controversial circumstances at the back end of the 1996-97 season.

He will be joined by Academy boss Unsworth, who won the FA Cup under Royle's management in 1995.

Royle returned to the club in 2014 as the Professional Development Coordinator while Unsworth rejoined the club as U21 assistant the previous year, eventually succeeding Alan Stubbs as manager of the U21 side. Under Unsworth this season, the junior Blues finished third in the U21 Premier League.

The temporary management duo will also hold Friday's pre-match press conference at Finch Farm ahead of the Norwich game.

Meanwhile the Liverpool Echo is reporting that Martinez's backroom team will also follow the Spaniard out of the Goodison exit door. Assistant Graeme Jones, coaches Dennis Lawrence, Inaki Bergara and chief scout Kevin Reeves will also leave the club and won't be on the dugout at Goodison on Sunday.