Former Everton star Marcus Bent believes that Duncan Ferguson should be given the chance to take the job at Goodison Park in the coming weeks.
The former striker has weighed in on the club’s hunt for a new boss following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.
Reports suggest that Everton could make a move to appoint former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, which would make him the first boss to manage both Merseyside clubs.
Should Everton hire Ferguson?
However, Bent, who played for Everton between 2004 and 2006, believes that Ferguson ought to be given the chance to take the reigns.
The former Everton striker was the assistant to Ancelotti and he took over as caretaker manager in 2019 following the sacking of Marco Silva, famously guiding the club to a 3-1 win over Chelsea in his first game in charge.
Bent believes that the Scot, who played for the club between 1994 and 1998, and 2000 and 2006, has his finger on the pulse at the club and is perfectly sited to replacing the Italian.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, he said: “Duncan’s been there under Ancelotti and the fans are going crazy about him going, not going crazy but obviously they were looking forward to him being there with the new stadium and stuff.
“But Duncan being behind him and knowing what he wants to achieve and wants to go forward with, I think Duncan would be amazing for the club, especially the passion and the thoughtfulness and the years that he’s been within the club. I think everyone respects him.”
Bent also believes that Everton legend Tim Cahill could come in and help Ferguson make a real mark on Merseyside.
He added: “Yes, alright, he would be a new manager, and they’re talking about Tim Cahill coming in alongside him, to back him up, who is an Australian legend, an Everton legend, he works in Dubai at the minute, learning his trade.
“It’s new, it’s free, it’s not a given with Ancelotti, Real Madrid, he’s won trophies, the money he was going to be given this year to go forward and build a team, I think Dunc would know where he was going, he would have his own dreams, his own way of going but to be schooled and be seen to be the number two behind Ancelotti, I think Dunc needs to be given a chance.”
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