Ferguson coy over chances of becoming permanent Everton boss

Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson has said that it would not be realistic at this stage to consider becoming Marco Silva’s permanent successor.

Ferguson was appointed in interim charge after Silva was sacked on Thursday following the Toffees‘ 5-2 derby defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old’s first game in charge sees his side play Chelsea at Goodison Park but speaking in his pre-match press conference, the caretaker boss shut down any talk of his long-term future.

“I’m a coach at the moment so I don’t think that is something I am considering at this time,” Ferguson said.

“It is a dream to be Everton manager but I am also realistic. Who wouldn’t want to be manager of Everton? There will be many top managers want this job.”

Ferguson, who has been a coach under Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and most recently Marco Silva, had some sympathy for the Portuguese from whom he has assumed the reins on a temporary basis.

“It is always not nice when a manager loses his job, we all felt for him,” he added.

“Everyone at the club supported him as best we could. It is unfortunate he lost his job but results determine that.”

As for who could replace Ferguson at the club if his tenure is to end in the coming days, recent reports have indicated that the Everton hierarchy have scheduled talks with Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira.

It is claimed that Arsenal, Chelsea and Watford have all been in contact with the former Porto and Olympiacos coach, who it is said earns around £30m a year from his current employers.

 

Meanwhile, ex-West Brom, Crystal Palace and West Ham boss Alan Pardew has hinted that he would be open to taking the job, but backed David Moyes to step up.

“When asked if he would be a good candidate, Pardew said: “Of course.”

However, he added: “Moyes is a good fit for Everton, it looks like a lot of problems there, no cohesion, I’m not sure what the philosophy is.

“They’re in danger of being in a relegation scrap. There’s a lot of managers like myself who could do that kind of job.”