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Friday 23 February 2018

Everton and Ireland legend Kevin Sheedy leaves academy role with the Toffees - report

Kevin Sheedy
Kevin Sheedy
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Republic of Ireland and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy has left his role with the academy at the Goodison Park club.

The 57-year-old, considered one of the club's all-time greats, has been responsible for bringing the likes of Ross Barkley and Tom Davies through to the senior side.

The Liverpool Echo claim the reasons for his departure are currently unknown.

His departure will come as a surprise to those at Everton's Finch Farm training facility.

Sheedy won two League Championships plus the European Cup-Winners' Cup during a 10-year stint at Goodison Park where he netted 97 goals in 369 appearances.

Famed for his set-piece prowess, Sheedy scored the final goal in the 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna in the 1985 European Cup-Winners' Cup final.

Sheedy returned to the Blues in a youth coaching role in 2006. He led several teams to success including the Premier Academy League in 2014 and the Dallas Cup in 2016.

Sheedy's greatest moment in an Irish shirt came at Italia '90 when he scored the equaliser in the 1-1 with Bobby Robson's England in Cagliari.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 but came through it and has spoken extensively about his battle with the disease to raise awareness of the condition.

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