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Everton confirm Duncan Ferguson’s appointment as caretaker manager.

Everton confirmed the hiring of Duncan Ferguson as interim manager following Rafa Benitez’s dismissal.

Ferguson, who oversaw Tuesday’s training session, will assume interim leadership of Everton while the club searches for a long-term replacement for Benitez.

The Spaniard was dismissed on Sunday morning following the Toffees’ humiliating 2-1 loss to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

The Toffees stated in a statement that Ferguson will take over ‘for the club’s next games, beginning with Aston Villa’s visit.

‘Duncan Ferguson has been named caretaker manager of Everton for the club’s future games,’ it said.

‘The Blues icon took command of training at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday morning, as the players began preparing for Saturday’s (12.30pm GMT) visit of Aston Villa to Goodison Park.’

John Ebbrell and Leighton Baines, as well as Goalkeeping Coach Alan Kelly, will assist Ferguson in his new job.

 

The 50-year-hiring old’s is his second stint as interim manager of the club.

Ferguson was appointed caretaker manager of Everton in 2019 and led the team to a five-point haul in three league games against Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal.

Despite confirming Ferguson’s reappointment as caretaker manager, Everton will be on the lookout for their sixth permanent manager since owner Farhad Moshiri took control in 2016.

 

Wayne Rooney – the former Everton forward who is presently coaching Derby County – and ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard are reportedly likely to be interviewed for the full-time position.

A product of the Everton academy Rooney, who spent 13 seasons with Manchester United, has been in charge at Derby for just over a year.

The Rams’ fight for survival in the Championship this season has seen them collect 13 of the last 15 available points – they are presently eight points away of safety in 23rd position.

Lampard was Derby County’s manager during the 2018-19 season, during which they were defeated play-off finalists, before taking over at Chelsea the following summer. He was laid off in January 2021 and has been jobless since.

 

Roberto Martinez, the Belgium head coach who was in charge at Goodison Park from 2013 to 2016, has also been mentioned in the race to replace Benitez.

Everton were reportedly prepared to consider Martinez combining the two roles until at least the summer, but Belgium did not appear to be interested.

Nonetheless, the club has stated that they will make a decision on the appointment of a new permanent manager ‘in due course.’

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