Whichever way you look at it, Duncan Ferguson is a legend at Everton.
He played 272 times for the Toffees and has managed the club on four occasions, taking interim charge of the club before Carlo Ancelotti was hired.
The Italian has now left the club for a second stint at Real Madrid but Ferguson rejected the chance to move with him.
Instead, he wants the Everton job on a permanent basis as Farhad Moshiri and co bid to find Ancelotti’s replacement.
There are a number of impressive head coaches in the frame to be handed the reins with the likes of Rafa Benitez, Erik ten Hag and David Moyes all on their shortlist.
Ferguson doesn’t possess the same managerial experience but he knows the club inside out and has a great affinity with the supporters.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast last week, Dean Windass commented: “He’s a legend at the football club, he’s got blue blood running through his veins and he’s a very passionate man.
“Give Big Dunc a go, he did very well in temporary charge before Ancelotti. The fans love him, and the fans will be back next year.”
Whether or not the board view him as someone that can take Everton to the next level remains to be seen but if he does join, the club may as well bid farewell to Moise Kean.
The striker has had a troublesome spell at Goodison Park, scoring just four goals in 37 outings for the Toffees.
However, he’s taken French football by storm this term, finishing the campaign with 19 strikes after a loan move to PSG.
He’s already been tipped to leave by various outlets and he doesn’t exactly have the greatest of relationships with Ferguson.
After all, it was the 49-year-old who provided Kean with one of the most embarrassing moments of his career so far.
The youngster was substituted on against Manchester United in December 2019 but lasted just 18 minutes before he was withdrawn by the manager.
Kean cut an extremely sad figure as he trudged down the touchline without a single exchange with Ferguson.
Speaking after the match, the boss said: “I just needed to make a substitution to kill a bit of time.”
It was a decision that attracted staunch criticism. In the wake of that remarkable moment, John Arne Riise commented: “He’s destroying this young boy’s confidence.
“He doesn’t even shake his hand. Give him a hug – he’s a young boy. That is the worst thing you can do for any player but especially a young boy who doesn’t speak the language very well.”
Kean would only go on to start four more league matches that term before he was handed a loan spell with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
He’s shown what a huge talent he is away from English shores but it’s unlikely he’s going to have a future in Merseyside. Bring Ferguson into the equation and an exit looks even more inevitable.
Remaining at Everton would surely destroy him even more; he has to get out.