Duncan Ferguson has revealed how the support from Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright, Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the Club’s Board gave him “the proudest moment of my career”.
Reflecting on his four-game spell as caretaker manager of the Blues in December – which saw a rejuvenated and passionate Everton beat Chelsea and secure draws against Manchester United and Arsenal – Ferguson spoke of the pride he felt to lead the Club and how he is thriving learning from one of the world’s most decorated managers in Carlo Ancelotti.
“I was proud [to become caretaker boss],” said the former Toffees striker at the Club's General Meeting on Tuesday night. “Getting a call to become Everton manager – even if it was just temporary - I was incredibly honoured. It was the proudest moment of my career. It was a fantastic moment in my life.
“I know the Chairman’s been behind me from day one. Along with Mr Moshiri, they gave me all the support I needed.”
On working alongside Ancelotti, Ferguson added: “It’s been amazing. He’s here so I can’t say anything else! Seriously, I have to pinch myself that I get to learn from someone like him. He’s one of the best. I’m the pupil and he’s my teacher.”
Mr Kenwright gave praise to Ferguson, who become an instant Everton hero from the moment he netted against Liverpool in November 1994 and has shown his devotion to the Club ever since.
“He did an unbelievable job but he did a Duncan Ferguson job,” said Mr Kenwright. “When it comes to Everton, you’ll never find a greater servant than this man [Ferguson].
“After the win against Chelsea he texted me, ‘Do me a favour, get this club the best manager in the world. Let me learn from a great manager’. And that’s an extraordinary man.”
Director of Football, Marcel Brands, added: “Duncan brought back the belief, the desire in the team. The captain [Seamus Coleman] also thanked Duncan for bringing back the belief in the team. I always want to thank Alan Kelly, John Ebbrell and Franny Jeffers [for their work as Ferguson's coaching staff]. They all did an unbelievable job.”