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BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has delivered his latest Premier League Team of the Week, and has urged Everton to give Duncan Ferguson a chance as manager until the end of the season.
Well, the 61-year-old was actually praising two-goal man Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his display in the 3-1 win against Chelsea at the weekend, and Ferguson certainly had a part to play in that performance having partnered him up top with Richarlison in a 4-4-2 formation.
It was clearly a far more committed performance from the players than we have seen in recent weeks under Marco Silva, and Crooks was clearly impressed with what he saw.
He wrote: “I saw more passion, desire and endeavour against Chelsea than I’ve seen in the past six years. It was like Goodison Park back in the ’80s.
“If that is the Duncan Ferguson effect then give him the job at least until the end of the season. You will know then whether he’s up to it.”
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While it was certainly an impressive start for the big Scot, it would be a huge risk to appoint him until the end of the season given the Toffees aren’t too far away from the relegation zone.
How often do we see that instant positive impact from a new face in the dugout, before it quickly tails away after a few matches?
Everton have got many of their manager choices in recent years wrong, and there is no doubt that the next appointment is a hugely important one.
The Merseyside outfit should be aiming higher than Ferguson with plenty of out-of-work managers around at the current time, so Crooks is wrong on this occasion.
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