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First Team Coach / B Team Manager

Francis Jeffers

Management Staff

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Francis Jeffers joined David Unsworth’s backroom staff as first-team coach and B-team manager.

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The 41-year-old has an established record as a youth coach, working alongside Unsworth in the academy at Everton for the best part of a decade and was part of the first-team staff at Ipswich Town.

Jeffers began his playing career at Everton, breaking into the first-team at the end of the 1998/99 season, scoring 6 goals in a 14-game period.

He continued to score for the Toffees, netting another six the next season, and seven in 14 appearances the following season.

His performances convinced Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, to sign Jeffers for £8 million, but his time at Highbury was dogged by injuries.

Jeffers made his only appearance for England during his time at Arsenal, scoring against Australia in a friendly, before returning to Everton on loan in 2003.

Franny left Arsenal and played for a number of other clubs, including Charlton, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.

After retiring in 2013, Francis started coaching at Everton’s academy, and became a coach under Unsworth in 2018.  He left Everton in 2021 to join Paul Cook’s coaching staff at Ipswich and joined Latics as part of the new backroom set-up.

 

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