Everton’s Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright could make an exciting gamble by naming Duncan Ferguson as the club’s new manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
After watching Ancelotti make his shock return to the Santiago Bernabeu to take over the reins at Real Madrid, Everton are in the process of having to appoint yet another manager under Moshiri’s ownership.
According to The Daily Mail, Ferguson has thrown his name into the hat, with the Mail reporting that the big Scot feels he is ready after learning under Ancelotti over the past year and a half.
While it may only have been a very small sample size, there’s no questioning that the full force of the ‘Duncan Ferguson impact’ was felt in his short time in charge as caretaker boss of Everton a couple of years ago.
The Toffees ran out 3-1 winners against Chelsea in his opening match, with Goodison Park absolutely rocking, and he finished his run unbeaten, picking up draws against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United as well.
The man who replaced him on a permanent basis, Ancelotti, has previously waxed lyrical about the potential Ferguson has of becoming manager one day.
Ancelotti himself said: “Yes, of course. Duncan has all of the qualities to become a good manager. All the qualities. From a technical point of view, he is really good. I see him everyday in training, talking to the players, he has a good idea of football, the players respect him a lot and this is really important that the players respect you. And he has a lot of charisma. So for the future, sure, he will be a really good manager.”
And, having been a coach and an assistant to a number of different managers in his time on Merseyside, Ferguson previously revealed the kind of incredible learning he’s been able to undertake.
He said: “I’ve been a first-team coach for four or five seasons here and seen a lot. We’ve gone through managers very quickly in the last few years. Normally you get one manager for four or so years but I’ve worked here through plenty of change.
“I’ve seen different styles, how these managers work, and it’s given me a wealth of experience. I suppose it’s been good for my development as a coach; seeing Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Big Sam’s (Allardyce) styles. Now Marco Silva’s ways. You can’t put a price on that experience. But of course it’s not what we want as a club. We want stability.
“I’m on the training ground every day and I know what a Premier League player looks like. I know what it takes to play for Everton. We want Everton to win and I want to be part of that.”
After news emerged of Ancelotti’s departure to Madrid, former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall threw his backing behind the Toffees naming Ferguson as their new permanent boss.
Southall said: “If anyone understands the club it is him. We have tried all sorts of managers and in different ways they have all come up short.
“The big guy has learned a tremendous amount from each one but now I feel it’s his time to become the manager. I truly believe he can be and every Evertonian would know we have someone who gets the club, will always give 100% and also drive the players to do the same.
“He’s got a big enough heart, a big enough personality, tons of passion and enough knowledge to get us back to where we belong.”
Yes, it would be a major gamble for Moshiri and co to make. But it’s one that could bring the feel-good factor back to Goodison Park and lift the mood after the pain of seeing Ancelotti walk away so suddenly to pastures new.