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Big Dunc's Big Regret

Moyes discusses his rift and reconciliation with former striker.

Big Dunc's Big Regret

David Moyes has explained the circumstances that led him to bury the hatchet with Duncan Ferguson and welcome him back to Goodison Park.
 
Speaking as a guest at the Cambridge University Union on Monday night, Moyes revealed the pair went five years without speaking after the retiring Ferguson refused to shake hands following his final Everton appearance in 2006.
 
Ferguson subsequently moved his family to Majorca but reached out to his former boss in late 2011, prompting his eventual return to the Club as a youth-team coach.
 
"Duncan and I fell out at the end and he chose not to shake my hand when he left," Moyes explained. "The story goes that Duncan went away into exile for five years. We’d seen each other the odd time but there were no pleasantries.
 
"I then got a phone call from him and he asked to come and see me. He walked in and said that he regretted every day for five years that he didn’t shake my hand, so we made up.”

Duncan FergusonFerguson, the coach, passes on advice to youngster Matt Kennedy
 
Having notched 72 goals in 273 games for the Club, Ferguson’s contribution as a player and the influence he could wield as a coach was never in doubt.
 
What convinced Moyes to bring him back though was an alteration in his attitude. 
 
"He is a changed man, works at Everton day and night and has become a pro licensed coach,” he said.  “I will always remember the change in the man. I have always admired the player but as a man he has turned himself around and is now fantastic.”
 
Moyes also confessed it was working with players like Ferguson – an opponent he had battled during his playing days up in Scotland – which made the Everton job so appealing at the start of his 11-year tenure back in 2002. 

He said: “Duncan was an awesome centre forward. I played against him when he was at Dundee United as a youngster and eventually he was playing under me at Everton. We beat Manchester United 1-0 in 2005 and Duncan scored the goal and he was fantastic around that time.”

thomas feerickI hope we keep the magic round about at Goodison park him n Duncan Duncan Ferguson!!!

Friday 17th May 20:15 Report Comment

paul hughesBig dunc legend. Get him in charge and keep backup staff!!

Thursday 16th May 20:08 Report Comment

JOHN JOHNSI would love to see Martinez as manager on the understanding that Big Dunc is his second in command.

Wednesday 15th May 17:13 Report Comment

Mark PrescottSadly hes not ready to be manager of Everton, though i think he may be one day. What a great guy though, loves the club and it loves him back. But i wonder....Peter Reid with Stubbsy?

Wednesday 15th May 13:33 Report Comment

wayne baker****BIG DUNCAN - NEXT EVERTON MANAGER****

Wednesday 15th May 10:56 Report Comment

lee wattersonlove you dunc what a fantastic icon for our players to look up to. bring on the management, dunc ,wier, stubbs and throw neville in there as well

Wednesday 15th May 10:38 Report Comment

Stephen HarlandGreat to see that even after 5 years the hatchet can be put away,no matter how big you are humility is a great strength. Best of luck David and Duncan.

Wednesday 15th May 10:20 Report Comment

neil hobsonGo for the all Everton management, Duncan Ferguson as manager & bring in someone like Peter Reid as advisory role, if they keep most of the backroom staff as well i'm sure it would work.

Wednesday 15th May 09:40 Report Comment

grahame burchellit takes a man to say sorry and dunc your the man

Tuesday 14th May 17:45 Report Comment

Tony FitzWould love to see Big Dunc as manager of Everton. I'm sure he is more than capable. IFWT!!!

Tuesday 14th May 17:24 Report Comment

Tony GriffithsBig Dunc What a man!

Tuesday 14th May 16:44 Report Comment
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