Everton legend Duncan Ferguson reveals future plans after quitting long-time Goodison Park role

Duncan Ferguson Everton

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson has left his coaching role at Goodison Park to pursue his managerial ambitions, the Premier League club have announced.

The former Toffees captain, who had two spells as a player on Merseyside, had served on the backroom staff to a succession of managers at Goodison Park.

The 50-year-old also had two spells as caretaker boss, the most recent being after Rafael Benitez was sacked during last season. He reverted to a position as assistant manager after the appointment of Frank Lampard in January.

He previously took charge of the side after the departure of Marco Silva in December 2019. Ferguson filled in until the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti later that month.

His decision to move on ends a long association with the Merseyside club dating back to his signing as a striker from Rangers in 1994. He went on to score 73 goals in 273 appearances across his two spells.

He returned to Everton as an academy coach in 2011 and was promoted to a position with the first team three years later.

Ferguson told evertontv: “It’s been a massive decision for me, an incredibly difficult one but I need to move on, to take that next step in my career and look for that new challenge.

“Being a caretaker manager has given me confidence to step into management.”

Ferguson predicting bright Everton future

Everton endured a difficult 2021-22 campaign. But, after relegation was avoided in the final week of the season, Ferguson believes their future should be brighter.

He said: “This club is definitely heading in the right direction. It’s a fantastic club.

“The team is in good hands with Frank as manager. He’s been first class and he wanted me to stay on.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Frank. He’s a great man and a great young manager, I’m sure he’ll do very well for Everton.

“There’s also the new stadium on the horizon which is going to be unbelievable for the club.

“I’ll be there as a supporter. My kids have got season tickets and I’ll be looking forward to coming back.”

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