Blues icon Duncan Ferguson fast-tracked to Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff
Fans favourite Duncan Ferguson has been promoted to Everton’s first-team coaching staff and will join assistant manager Graeme Jones, first-team development coach Dennis Lawrence and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara.
The 42-year old Scot, has been on the coaching staff at Everton since 2011 but as of Monday the former Toffees number 9 will switch his role as u-18 coach to join up with manager Roberto Martinez full time. The Blues boss said:
“He’s developing into a really exciting coach. He has been working with the first-team on a part-time basis and we need his influence in the first-team environment.
“He is an Evertonian and an out-and-out influence internally and will be a big part of the staff in the first-team between now and the end of the season.”
It is a move certain to go down well with Evertonians with the vast majority still holding ‘Big Dunc’ in high regard.
In an often injury plagued career spanning two spells at Goodison, Ferguson scored 72 goals in a total of 273 games for the Blues before hanging up his boots in 2006. The club icon, invited back to Everton in an unofficial coaching capacity by former manager David Moyes, has since gained his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence.
Speaking in 2011, Moyes said: “He wants to watch and see what’s going on. He is not a qualified coach yet because he is going through his badges, but we have got him in and he’s happy to do the time and is working down at the academy.
“It could lead to something more, but what you need is your qualifications and that is the first thing.”
Evertonians will certainly be looking forward to seeing Duncan Ferguson back at Goodison Park.