Ferguson confirmed as Everton caretaker for ‘upcoming games’

Duncan Ferguson has been confirmed as Everton’s caretaker manager for their “upcoming games”.

Ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez left Everton on Sunday. Ferguson oversaw training on Tuesday and he has been part of their first team coaching set-up since 2014.

The club confirmed via their website that Ferguson will be in charge for their “upcoming games”. His first in charge will be against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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Ferguson will be supported in his caretaker role by John Ebbrell and Leighton Baines, along with goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.

Former Scotland and Everton striker Ferguson is set for a second spell as caretaker boss, having taken charge of three games during December 2019 following the dismissal of Marco Silva.

It has been reported that Wayne Rooney – the former Everton forward currently managing Derby – and ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard are set to be interviewed for the full-time job.

Everton added in Tuesday’s club statement: “An announcement on a permanent managerial appointment will be made in due course.”

Neville Southall believed Ferguson should be appointed until the end of the 2021/22 season:

“Duncan is the only one I’d look at for the manager’s job.

“There are two reasons. One, he knows the club inside out and he knows what’s going on in there and he’ll have seen that.

“He worked under a few Champions League winners now so something must have rubbed off on him from them.

“Duncan will be sat in his house thinking ‘I do a good job every time but they never give me a chance’ so if they turn him down this time I think there are questions for Duncan to ask himself in terms of whether he’s actually wanted at the club and whether he’s always going to be the bridesmaid, never the bride.

“I’d give it him until the end of the season and if he does well then keep him there.”

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