Colin Harvey is to retire from the backroom staff at Everton on medical
Harvey has enjoyed a long association with Everton
The Under-19 Academy boss has undergone three hip-replacement operations but
is still being troubled.
And the 58-year-old has decided to call time on his Blues career, which
began as a player and saw him progress to coach and manager.
"I've had the hip trouble and it's been limiting what I've been able to do on
the training ground," he told the club's website.
"All good things come to an end and with it being nearly 40 years since my
debut and with my testimonial coming up, it's as nice a time to go as any.
"It's my time as a player that I'll treasure more than anything else. To be
an Everton supporter and go on to play almost 400 games for the first team means
more to me than anything and that's what's given me the biggest satisfaction.
"To win the championship and the FA Cup as an Everton player was
As part of his role in the Academy, Harvey has overseen the development of
teenage striker Wayne Rooney, who had an explosive impact in his debut
Premiership season in which he won his first England cap.
And Rooney had nothing but praise for the coach.
"Colin's been great from day one. He always encouraged me and showed plenty
of confidence in me," he said.
"Everyone respects him, we all know what he's done as a player and a manager
and he's someone I really look up to."
Harvey played 386 times for the Toffees, scoring 24 goals, before returning to
the club as Howard Kendall's number two during the mid-1980s.
He progressed to
manager where he recorded two top-six finishes and an FA Cup final during his
Everton will play Parma at Goodison Park on 10 August in Harvey's testimonial