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Everton academy role for Francis Jeffers


Francis Jeffers is back at Everton

Francis Jeffers is back at Everton

Francis Jeffers is back at Everton

Former Everton striker Francis Jeffers has returned to the club as an academy coach.

Jeffers, 35, is working towards his UEFA A-Licence and will work as a youth coach with the Toffees' academy strikers.

He told Everton TV: "I'll be working with all the forward-thinking players in the academy, trying to help them on their journey, which I know a bit about because I have been on it myself.

"I'm passionate about coaching and there is no better place to do that than at the club I love.

"You look at it now and teams play mainly with one striker, some play with none. Helping forwards be ready for that challenge is something I'm really passionate about because I believe the kids in the academy need more help as a striker."

Jeffers played 82 times, scoring 22 goals, in two spells with Everton in a career that also took in Arsenal, Charlton, Blackburn, Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Motherwell.

He won one England cap, scoring in a 3-1 defeat to Australia in 2003.