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Jeffers at Playford Road For Talks
Tuesday, 11th May 2021 14:14

TWTD understands former Blues loanee Franny Jeffers has been at Playford Road for the last couple of days to hold talks with manager Paul Cook about joining his coaching staff.

Jeffers, currently Everton’s U23s coach, is a candidate to become one of a number of additions to Cook’s backroom team over the summer.

We understand the return of Jeffers, 40, to the club where he had a successful spell between March and May 2007, scoring four times in seven starts and two sub appearances, is still to be confirmed.

Cook has various roles to be filled over the summer among them his assistant, with his Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan deputy Leam Richardson having been named the permanent boss of the Latics.

Contenders for that role include current U23s coach Kieron Dyer, former Blues forward Noel Hunt and ex-defender John McGreal, although the latter seems less likely as he is believed to be keen to manage a club of his own.

Jeffers may also be in the running for that position, while Cook is also likely to be looking for another first-team coach with Matt Gill having moved on and a goalkeeper-coach to replace Jimmy Walker.

Former striker Jeffers came through the ranks at hometown club Everton before moving to Arsenal for £8 million in June 2001.
While at Highbury he won one full England cap and scored before returning to Goodison Park on loan.

Spells with Charlton, Rangers (loan) and Blackburn followed before he moved to the Blues for his loan spell.

After his time with Town, Jeffers played at Sheffield Wednesday, in Australia with Newcastle Jets in two spells, Motherwell, Floriana in Malta and finally Accrington Stanley.

Having hung up his boots, Jeffers started voluntarily working at Everton's academy before formally joining the staff in October 2016. He has been their U23s coach since 2018.

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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:17 - May 11
Blimey! How many coaches do we need?

itfcjoe added 14:18 - May 11
Surely there are better qualified coaches out there, are we able to look outside of Liverpool?

Wallingford_Boy added 14:19 - May 11
So is the for the first team or U23s?! How do Gary Roberts/Keiron Dyer feel about that.

Or Roberts an Academy coach?

All very confusing.

BlueandTruesince82 added 14:26 - May 11
Cook seems to have a record of picking good coaches who have all gone on to other things so can we perhaps give him the benefit of the doubt, at least until the new season?

FramlinghamBlue added 14:32 - May 11
We need to realise our club has lacked modern infrastructure for decades now and for those that find multiple back room appointments confusing they should look at how the clubs we aspire to be are operating.

I think some people think it’s the manager and a ‘trainer’ and that’s your lot!

I’m really pleased to see Paul building up a team of coaches and support staff. The more the merrier.

Wacko added 14:36 - May 11
I don't think you can have too many coaches, especially one who knows where the goal is

hyperbrit added 14:37 - May 11
it's not a question of how many coaches but how many good ones!!

BlueBlood90 added 14:52 - May 11
The other man in that photograph would be a good addition one day.

Jonathan Walters was a model pro and reckon he could be a great coach one day.

RegencyBlue added 14:53 - May 11
What people need to realise is that Evans ran this club into the ground and it’s having to be rebuilt on and off the pitch.


atty added 15:05 - May 11
Would much prefer an older head, certainly experienced, but appreciate that could be difficult.

TractorCam added 15:11 - May 11
Not sure you can really have too many coaches given the state of us presently. Good to see we're getting some post-season moaning in early!

Portman_Pie added 15:21 - May 11
Yawn.... another scouser.

spanishblue added 15:31 - May 11
Most scousers have a sense of fun complete comedians, if I recall Jeffers knew where the goal was, defensive coach, midfield coach, a tough kick them to pieces coach just in case, strength coach,goalie coach someone to teach them how to pass to a teammate 99 times out of 100, recovery coach , more coaches than players and a wise old head, Big fat Joe where are you

BigHibbs added 16:10 - May 11
framlinghamblue is spot on. Most chanpionship clubs have many coaching staff. long gone are the days of managers taking training. Most top 2 Division clubs have 10-12 first team staff. its normal and im all for it. i may be looking at it too simply but things like our poor record from set pieces may have been to do with this.

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:20 - May 11
Apparently he's been at Playford Rd for the last 2 days, all done, Jeffers defo on board.

5 years working with Toffees under 23s and was with under 18s before that. Bee working with big Duncan Fergurson up there and David Unsworth so I'm not sure experience is an issue.

Franny knows the highs and lows football can bring having gone from England cap to plying his trade in Malta so I hope we can bring a lot of good insight.

ChrisR added 16:20 - May 11
So will Terry Butcher still have a Role ?

micky_1560 added 16:21 - May 11
Moan, moan, moan!
"I don't want to sign this player, I don't want this coach"..
For goodness sake, we will be linked with all sorts of players, coaches will be interviewed.
Let's leave it to Paul Cook and the management team for now shall we!
Also, let's get more positive and judge things further down the line please.

jonwillpott added 16:32 - May 11
Well @micky 1560 this lot of moaning minnies on this website have to be given something to whinge about now Chambers and Skuse have departed...they would be bored otherwise!!

terryf added 16:43 - May 11
Well he was known as ''the fox in the box'', so hopefully he can educate our forwards on how to score goals???

If I remember rightly he was a bit of a ''sicknote'' in his playing days?

Clever forward though!!

cornishnick added 17:18 - May 11
15 years ago I might have been excited by that headline, but not now

dyersdream added 17:44 - May 11
Great perhaps he can get donkey jackson scoring

danger_matt added 18:21 - May 11
I’m well up for more coaches, particularly Scousers. But it’s surely the headlines about driving bans and threatening ex wives that are more of a question mark in this particular instance?

Talbs77 added 18:36 - May 11
He used to have big ears but now has a taaeeny mouth!


Talbs77 added 18:39 - May 11
We’re at about stage 2 of 50 before the start of 21/22 so let’s just wait and see.

I’m still getting over Drinnan.... I mean....Drinnan!

Sure there’s something I must have missed watching him....that’s it...ability!!

Linkboy13 added 18:47 - May 11
Jeffing hell hope his attitude is better than it was on the football pitch.

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