Speaking to talkSPORT, as transcribed by Goodison News, commentator Sam Matterface has made an interesting claim involving assistant Everton boss Duncan Ferguson.
The Lowdown: Benitez under fire…
Toffees boss Rafael Benitez was appointed to replace ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti who suddenly and unceremoniously left to take up the Real Madrid role.
Should Everton replace Benitez with Ferguson?
110%, get it done
No, need a more experienced manager
The Spaniard’s appointment was a controversial one bringing divided opinions given his ties to bitter Merseyside rivals Liverpool and their league form hasn’t exactly been sparkling since his arrival.
An unlikely 1-1 draw away to European champions Chelsea on Thursday evening would have eased the pressure somewhat but many supporters will be wondering who could replace Benitez if the club opted to part company.
The Latest: Matterface makes Ferguson claim…
Speaking to talkSPORT (via GN), their commentator Matterface has now made a claim involving assistant boss Ferguson.
He says that the 49-year-old is ‘in the thoughts of the ownership’ with some Everton chiefs, including chairman Bill Kenwright, eyeing him for a possible first time managerial role.
“Duncan Ferguson is in the thoughts of the ownership if there is a change of manager,” Matterface explained.
“Certainly there is a split on the board and some of those, including Bill Kenwright, would like to see Duncan get the job eventually.
“He’s going to make the step up, I’m sure it’s going to be the next time.”
The Verdict: Best candidate?
Ferguson attracted huge praise for his brief stint as caretaker boss before Ancelotti arrived at the Toffees helm, with pundit Kevin Phillips explaining how he was ‘pivotal’ to their revival at the time whilst doing an ‘unbelievable’ job (Football Insider).
The ex-Toffees player has since returned to his assistant role and continues to draw acclaim as former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan recently called him ‘huge‘.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin also recently spoke of his admiration for Ferguson, with it being clear he has respect inside and outside the club whilst knowing Everton like the back of his hand.
Following his years of brilliant service, we believe he certainly shouldn’t be ruled out as a candidate should Benitez leave.
In other news: ‘Liquidate’, ‘Depressing’…Everton fans rage over ‘appalling’ exit development, find out more here.
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