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dobbo2016Since leaving Burnley in 2011, Martin Dobson has scouted for Leicester but also been a matchday host for Everton home games at Goodison Park, but, the Liverpool Echo have reported, has now replaced Joe Royle as the club’s Professional Development Co-ordinator.

Royle stood down in December from the role which is responsible for checking on the form of all the players they have out on loan. That currently includes Joe Williams (Barnsley), Antonee Robinson and Harry Charsley (Bolton), Matthew Pennington (Leeds), Mo Besic (Middlesbrough), Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway (Sunderland), Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest), Callum Connolly (Ipswich), Louis Gray (Carlisle) and Boris Mathis (Northampton).

Dobbo played for Everton from August 1974 until the end of the 1978/79 season during which he made 230 appearances and scored 40 goals. His transfer from Burnley in 1974 was a British record cash transfer at the time of around £300,000, roughly the cost of building the Bob Lord Stand, at a time when he’d just established himself in the England squad.

He’d captained us to the Second Division title in 1972/73 and on his return to Turf Moor after almost five years with the Toffees he led us to another title, this time the Third Division in the 1981/82 season. He left Burnley to become player/manager at Bury in March 1984.

Dobbo, who was 70 two weeks ago, has been appointed to the Everton role until the end of the season.

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