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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Ferguson makes his claim to work under new Everton boss

Duncan Ferguson
Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson said he has not yet spoken to Carlo Ancelotti but he will be pushing his claims for a central role in the Italian's backroom team if and when he is appointed Everton boss.

Ferguson will remain in charge for today's Premier League clash with Arsenal but his fourth game in the hotseat looks set to be his last, with reports suggesting Ancelotti could be appointed over the next couple of days.

Asked what he knew about the situation, Ferguson said: "Just the same rumours as everybody else has heard. We'll just have to wait and see. I haven't spoken to anybody."

Ferguson has been part of Everton's first-team coaching set-up for nearly six years, working under four different managers. He said of Ancelotti: "The guy is an incredible manager, he's won everything."

Ferguson has won plaudits for his impact over the past couple of weeks, inspiring Everton to a win against Chelsea and a draw with Manchester United before a late fightback against Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday ended with a heartbreaking defeat in a penalty shoot-out.

The Scot was already a hero on the blue half of Merseyside for his two spells as a combative striker and his emotional touchline antics have left no one in any doubt how much the club means to him.

Letting Ferguson go would be a hugely unpopular move for the new manager to make, and the 47-year-old said: "Nobody knows the players better than me. Hopefully, whoever the new guy is, he uses me."

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