Ferguson 'turned down Real role to replace Ancelotti at Everton'

Duncan Ferguson ‘TURNED DOWN the chance to join Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching team at Real Madrid’, with the Everton legend pushing to replace the Italian as manager at Goodison Park

  • Carlo Ancelotti shocked Everton after quitting to become Real Madrid manager 
  • Duncan Ferguson was reportedly offered the chance to join Ancelotti in Spain 
  • The Sun claim the club legend turned it down as he wants to replace Ancelotti 
  • Ferguson is said to be adamant he is ready to step into full-time management  

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson has rejected the chance to follow Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid because he wants to succeed him at Goodison Park, according to reports.

Ferguson, 49, was part of Ancelotti’s coaching staff on Merseyside and is said to have been offered a spot alongside him again at the Bernabeu after his surprise departure this week.

But The Sun have claimed that Ferguson believes he is ready to become a full-time manager, having enjoyed a successful caretaker stint in the past, and is now gunning for Everton’s top job. 

Duncan Ferguson has turned down a role at Real Madrid as he wants to become Everton boss

Ancelotti (left) became Madrid’s new boss this week and offered to bring Ferguson with him

Towering Scotsman Ferguson enjoys a cult-like status at the club as a result of a playing career there that stretched across 10 years in total, and from his time working as a staff member.

And he may be forced to step in once again with Everton currently without a manager after Ancelotti quit to return to Madrid.

The decision caused shockwaves across the club, and Ancelotti took the key members from his inner circle, including his son Davide, with him.

Ancelotti shocked the club after quitting and Everton are on the lookout for his replacement

Ferguson has remained behind, however, and will hope to take the hotseat permanently. He was handed the reins in December 2019 after Marco Silva was dismissed, and led the team to five points from three Premier League games.

The same report adds that Ferguson would name former team-mate and Everton old boy Lee Carsley as his assistant if he gets the job.

Nuno Espirito Santo is among the contenders to replace Ancelotti, and Everton are holding talks this weekend over their next crucial appointment.

Ferguson took charge on a temporary basis in December 2019 and remains a true club legend

Sportsmail has recently reported how former Wolves boss Nuno has supporters inside the boardroom, although Bill Kenwright is said to prefer a British coach with strong roots to the club.

This may see David Moyes return after steering West Ham to a sensational sixth-placed finish, or even Ferguson given the nod on a full-time basis. 

Ancelotti’s abrupt exit is thought to have left a number of first-team players stunned, meanwhile.

Ferguson reportedly believes he is ready to replace Ancelotti permanently from next season

James Rodriguez and Richarlison, two of the club’s most important names, are reportedly even considering their futures.

There was a belief among the squad that Ancelotti was committed to the club for the long-term – with his comments on Everton’s new stadium and building for the future pointing towards a desire to stay.

Now, however, Richarlison and James are ‘particularly disillusioned’, according to The Athletic, piling the pressure on Everton to ensure their next coach proves to be the right one.

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