Joe Royle returns to Everton

Former Everton manager Joe Royle has rejoined the staff at Goodison Park as part of Roberto Martinez's backroom team.

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Martinez excited by Everton run-in

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is relishing a potentially thrilling end to the Barclays Premier League season as he sets his sights on the Champions League.

There are going to be a lot of twists and turns. I just think you can't look elsewhere.

I am just looking at the points tally. I just feel if we can get anywhere near 71, 72 points and that gets us into the Champions League, it will be an outstanding achievement.

If that doesn't get us into the Champions League, it will be a phenomenal season from our point of view, so I am not looking elsewhere at all.

We have got Arsenal to play at home, we have got Manchester United and Manchester City, so in that respect it's a really good fixture list for us, glamorous


Everton captain Phil Jagielka fully fit

Phil Jaqielka, Everton Credit: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is now fully fit and manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on whether to include him against Newcastle on Tuesday.

The centre-back has missed four matches with a hamstring injury but Martinez may well choose to play him at struggling Fulham on Saturday instead.Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem.

Everton celebrate record sponsorship deal

Everton has today confirmed an extension to its shirt sponsorship with Chang. The club reports the deal could be worth in excess of £16 million – the most lucrative in the Club’s 136-year history.

Everton has enjoyed a special relationship with Chang extending now for 10 years. Everton is exceptionally proud to extend its partnership with a world-class organisation, an organisation where people matter; an organisation where, like us, only the best will do. I would like to thank Khun Thapana and all our friends at Chang for supporting our team.”

– Chief Executive Robert Elstone

The deal, which gets underway at the start of next season, runs for three years until the end of the 2016/17 campaign, and is the longest-running shirt sponsorship in the Barclays Premier League.

Chang and Everton Football Club have joined forces once again after 10 years of solid friendship.

Chang’s sponsorship with Everton football team is our proudest accomplishment, as we are inspiring people, especially youngsters, regardless of status to become responsible people in the society, with positive thinking and attitude – all gained through football.

Over the years, Chang has seen the steady progress of Everton and to celebrate this this, we are holding Chang-Everton, more good years, celebrating 10 years of great partnership to further boost Thai talent to the next level.

– Mr. Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, President and CEO of Thai Beverage PLC


Lukaku to make Everton return

Romelu Lukaku Credit: PA

Everton's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return from an ankle injury for the visit of West Ham after spending a month on the sidelines.

Toffees captain Phil Jagielka has been ruled out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury so John Stones is likely to deputise in defence.

Fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is fit again and comes back into the squad after spending four weeks out but on-loan striker Lacina Traore (hamstring) is unavailable.

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