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What The Papers Say - 19 October

Big Dunc and Faddy back at Everton.

What The Papers Say - 19 October

The views below are taken from the local and national newspapers and do not necessarily reflect those of Everton.

The Telegraph




Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson has returned to Goodison Park as part of the club’s youth set-up.
 
Ferguson was afforded cult status during his two stints as a player on Merseyside, but has been out of football since retiring in 2006.

He was invited back by manager David Moyes to enable him to qualify as a full-time coach and was on the touchline for Everton's Under-18s clash with Crewe, which they won 4-1, last weekend.

The invitation to Ferguson is part of a broader shake-up of the Everton Academy following the return of former assistant manager, Alan Irvine, who was appointed youth director last summer.

Ferguson has been working with Irvine and another Goodison legend, Kevin Sheedy, with the Under 18s and if he impresses it is likely to lead to a permanent role at the club.

“Duncan came back about a month ago and met me,” Moyes said.

“He wants to watch and see what’s going on. He is back and helping Alan Irvine.

"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 he working down at the academy.

“He is showing he really wants to do it. What I have to say is he is putting the hours and the effort in.

"He still has to get his Uefa ‘B’ licence and ‘A’ licence but he is shadowing Alan.

“He is out and about helping some of the younger teams here, he will get the chance to take some sessions.

“It could lead to something more, but what you need is your qualifications and that is the first thing.”

Ferguson, now 39, made over 200 appearances for Everton over two spells at the club.

Always a maverick during his time at Goodison, Rangers and Newcastle, he was sent off six times during his spell at Everton.

Such was his popularity among the Goodison faithful, especially due to the way he terrorised Liverpool during his heyday, his £8 million sale to Newcastle in 1999 effectively forced then chairman Peter Johnson out of the club.

He returned to Everton 18 months later before quitting the game five years ago and has spent most of his time out of football living in Spain.

Everton fans will be thrilled to see one their favourite sons return, although there is also a degree of surprise a notoriously private figure has opted to return to football.

Moyes admits he had not expected Ferguson to pursue a career in the game once his playing days were over, but is eager to help him down the right path.

“I have to say I didn’t foresee him going into coaching when I had him as a player,” Moyes said. “But Duncan has come back and I think he misses the smell of football a wee bit.

“If you look at the Everton legends in the eyes of the fans, coupled with the greats of Peter Reid, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp and all that crew, then Duncan is maybe one who could put himself close to those players.”

Liverpool Echo




JAMES McFADDEN has some unfinished business to attend to in his second coming at Everton FC.

And his experience with the second city Blues of Birmingham has showed him that ambition is not a pipedream for EFC.

In his first spell at Goodison McFadden was the width of a Stamford Bridge goalpost away from firing Everton to a Carling Cup final at Wembley.

But last season, as a Birmingham City player, McFadden witnessed first hand the unpredictability of knockout cup competitions, as Birmingham beat Arsenal at Wembley to claim that club’s first significant trophy.

It hasn’t escaped McFadden’s notice that Everton still remain in this season’s League Cup competition – and face Chelsea at Goodison Park a week tonight.

“There’s no reason why we can’t win a cup. Birmingham proved that last year,” said McFadden after his first run-out for more than a year yesterday.

“You’ve got to aim for it. We know we’re not going to win the League, but the next best thing is to try and win a cup.

“I know it’s great finishing sixth and getting into Europe, but as a player you want to win trophies and the fans want to see you winning trophies.

“That has to be the aim. To win one of the trophies and go down in history as winners.

“You only have to look at Birmingham last year. They won the Carling Cup and got relegated. It showed that if you put a good run together you have a chance of winning it.”

McFadden was part of the Birmingham team which kicked off last season’s successful Cup run.

He played in the second round victory over Rochdale, but by the time the third round came around had succumbed to the knee injury which eventually kept him out for more than a year.

That problem has finally cleared up – and McFadden was in the happy position of being able to turn down offers from Wolves and Celtic to rejoin Everton – but he admitted he was a fortunate victim of Everton’s current financial circumstances.

“If the club had multi millions to spend they would spend it and that’s the reality and if they did have the money to spend then possibly I wouldn’t have been coming back,” he admitted.

“So that’s the state of the club at the minute.

“But I’m delighted I’ve got the chance to come back and hopefully I can prove my worth to the squad. The other offers were good for different reasons.

“The Wolves offer I didn’t have to move house and my kids could stay at the same school.

“The Celtic one I could have moved back to Scotland, but I spoke to the manager here and he told me he wanted me to come back. He showed faith in me to bring me back and this is a great club and a great chance to play Premier League football again.

“I think fans saw glimpses of my best football last time, but it just wasn’t on a consistent basis. That was one of my reasons for leaving in the first place. I wanted to go and test myself and play every week and I did that at Birmingham. They got relegated twice, but got promoted, had the highest finish they’ve had in the league for I don’t know how long and won the League Cup, so I’ve had a good experience being away.

“But I’m glad to be back and I hope it can be different this time in that I can push to be a regular and find a level of consistency.”

Daily Post




DUNCAN FERGUSON is back at Everton FC taking the first steps towards earning the coaching qualifications that could eventually see him make a permanent return.

Ferguson, who remains a folk hero for many among the Goodison faithful more than five years after his departure, has been working at Finch Farm to assist the club's academy set-up as he attempts to earn his UEFA badges having decided to pursue a career in coaching.

The former Scotland international striker joined Everton's head of Academy Alan Irvine and coach Kevin Sheedy in watching the under-18s' 4-1 win at Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

And after welcoming Ferguson into the fold, David Moyes has been impressed by the desire shown by the Scot to further a new stage in his football career.

“Duncan came back about a month ago and met me,” said the Everton manager. “He wants to watch and see what's going on. He is back and helping Alan Irvine.

“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 he is working down at the academy.

“He is showing he really wants to do it. What I have to say is he is putting the hours and the effort in.

“He still has to get his B licence and A licence but he is shadowing Alan Irvine. He is out and about helping some of the younger teams here, he will get the chance to take some sessions.”

Ferguson spent a total of 10 years at Everton over two spells having signed in 1994 and then again in 2000, eventually retiring in 2006 at the age of 34.

And Moyes believes there may be scope for adding Ferguson to his coaching staff once he gains the required badges.

“Could it lead to something here? It could do, but what you need is your qualifications and that is the first thing,” added

“I have to say I didn't foresee him going into coaching when I had him as a player.

“But Duncan has been away for five years and he has come back and I think he misses the smell of football a wee bit.

“If you look at the Everton legends in the eyes of the fans, coupled with the greats of Peter Reid, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp and all that crew, then Duncan is maybe the only one who could put himself close to those players.”

The Daily Star




JAMES McFADDEN feared his career was over before he rejoined Everton.

The Scotland striker, nicknamed Faddy, played his first match in 13 months yesterday when he had 45 minutes for the Toffees reserves against Sunderland.

The situation looked bleak at the end of last season when he broke down during rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament surgery and was released by Birmingham.

He said: “I was training in March and broke down again. When I spoke to the surgeon he said my time might be up. That was hard to take.”

McFadden turned down offers from Wolves and Celtic, but added: “Everton came in and made a proper offer. It’s like coming home.”

tony kellyWELCOME BACK but would the Big D not like another bite at the cherry and were that number 9 again we could sure do with his presence up top

Wednesday 19th October 11:26 Report Comment

tony clarkeWow!Imagine Big Dunc on the touchline.I think even Sir Little Fergie would have second thoughts about tackling him over a disputed decision.

Wednesday 19th October 11:02 Report Comment
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