Everton have confirmed that interim boss Duncan Ferguson will remain in charge of the side for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
The Toffees head into the weekend’s game with renewed confidence, with Ferguson having guided his team to a victory over Chelsea and a draw away at Old Trafford in the top flight.
Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie against Leicester – the Scotsman’s third game in charge – saw them exit the competition on penalties but only after fighting back from two goals down to send it to spot-kicks.
Reports earlier in the week suggested that former Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti had agreed a deal to succeed Silva, although an official response from the club pointed out that no contract offer had been made.
The club have now released another statement on their Twitter account providing an update on Ferguson’s future.
It read: “Duncan Ferguson will remain as caretaker manager for Everton’s Premier League clash at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
“The former striker has been in temporary charge of the Blues for the past three matches, overseeing a 3-1 win against Chelsea at Goodison, a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester, which Everton lost after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2.
“Ferguson will again be assisted by coaches John Ebbrell and Francis Jeffers and goalkeeper coach Alan Kelly.”
Reports have also surfaced indicating that should Ancelotti take up the Everton job, he wants veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a top signing.
Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Sweden legend could link up again with Ancelotti in the Premier League, the pair having worked together at Paris Saint-Germain.
Ancelotti revealed that he held discussions with Ibrahimovic while he was Napoli boss, and Schira believes he wanted to take him to Naples, but now it could be a return to the Premier League that is on the cards
Ibrahimovic has scored an incredible 456 goals and notched 174 assists in 741 competitive games across spells at Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG, Manchester United and LA Galaxy.