Lawrence Lauds Dunc's Devotion

by Mike Taylor
@Everton

Dennis Lawrence has hailed the creativity of fellow first-team coach Duncan Ferguson and says he is relishing the opportunity to work alongside one of the Club’s iconic figures.

The duo have just completed their first full season working alongside one another, following Ferguson’s promotion from the Under-18s set-up in February 2014.

And the former Trinidad and Tobago international says his colleague brings a unique level of knowledge and understanding about the Blues to every training session.

“It’s great for someone like myself to work alongside him,” he told evertontv. “Everybody knows how passionate Duncan is about his football club. One of the good things that he does for me is he adds that extra bit of emotion to a session that someone like myself might miss. 

“He understands the need of the Club and he knows what is required to play for Everton. We get very valid and valuable information from Duncan. He is a really special guy – he’s immense and really intense in his work. 

“I really enjoy working with him. We are a bit like a double act in that we work in the same office and we bounce things off each other. In many aspects, as a coach you need support. Duncan is always there and always supporting what I am doing. I always try to support him in what he is doing. Likewise the pair of us are trying to support the manager.”

Ferguson earned a fearsome reputation as a striker during his playing days, netting 72 goals in 191 starts during two spells with his beloved Toffees.

But, nowadays, Lawrence insists the Scot’s in-depth knowledge of the game means he is more than capable of coaching players in all areas of the pitch.

“We don’t really work that way in terms of Duncan just working with the strikers,” he added. “Obviously he is a big influence in that area because he has had a career playing there. But in terms of what we do on a daily basis, Duncan is heavily involved and he takes part in the whole process. 

“He is very creative. I sometimes have to try and keep it simple because he has such a creative and motivational brain. But it is really enjoyable working with someone like that.  

“It’s interesting because sometimes you will come up with an idea and he will always see the other side of it or another aspect that you can add to that idea. It’s not an easy thing to do. Sometimes you can get so engrossed in what you do that you only see what is in front of you. Duncan has this ability to see beyond it and in another way that might take it in a better direction. It is a gift to have.”

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