Everton have announced academy coach and former midfielder Kevin Sheedy will undergo surgery this week after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

In 10 years as a player at the club, he scored 97 goals in 369 appearances after joining from Liverpool in 1982.

During his time at Goodison Park, Everton won the Football League twice, FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Sheedy tributes on Twitter
Everton team-mate and BBC Sport pundit Peter Reid:  “Spoke to Sheeds yesterday, was very positive.”

Current Everton captain Phil Neville:  “Would like to wish Kevin Sheedy a speedy recovery from cancer – legend at the club and doing a great job bringing the young kids through.”

Former club Liverpool:  “Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Everton Academy coach & former LFC player Kevin Sheedy a speedy recovery as he battles cancer.”

BBC Sport pundit and former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright:  “Wishing Kevin Sheedy a speedy recovery.”
“It is not ideal but I have to remain positive,” said the 52-year-old, who joined Everton’s coaching team in 2006.

Sheedy has stated he intends to return to his current post following an unspecified period of rehabilitation.

BBC Sport pundit Peter Reid revealed on Twitter  that his former Everton team-mate had told him he “was very positive” about making a recovery.

Current Everton captain Phil Neville tweeted:  “Would like to wish Kevin Sheedy a speedy recovery from cancer – legend at the club and doing a great job bringing the young kids through.”

The Welsh-born Republic of Ireland international began his career at Hereford United, before he moved to Liverpool in 1978.

After he struggled to make an impression at Anfield, he made the short switch across Stanley Park for £100,000 four years later.

Sheedy’s prowess on set-pieces saw him take on a leading role in an all-conquering team full of star players such as Neville Southall, Andy Gray and Graeme Sharp.

He also helped Newcastle United win promotion to the Premier League before ending his playing days in League Two with Blackpool.

Following his retirement in 1994, Sheedy, who won 46 international caps, had spells as assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United prior to making the switch back to Goodison Park.

Story by BBC Sport

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