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Stephen Killen

'From day one' - Duncan Ferguson breaks silence after missing out on Everton manager's job

Duncan Ferguson believes he should've been handed the Everton job until the end of the season during his previous caretaker spell.

The new Forest Green Rovers manager has taken his first steps in a permanent role as the League One outfit face the difficult task of remaining in the division. They currently sit at the foot of the table and slumped to a devastating defeat in the former Blues captain's first game in charge.

Ferguson had two spells in caretaker charge at Goodison Park, following the exit of Marco Silva and Rafael Benitez, with roles on the backroom staff for the aforementioned Spaniard, Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard.

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Following the sacking of the former Chelsea midfielder last month, the bookmakers favoured him among some of the leading contenders to succeed the 44-year-old. However, prior to Sean Dyche's arrival, he was tasked with keeping Rovers in League One.

Despite two caretaker roles in L4, he wasn't handed the role on a permanent basis or for, at least, more than four games in charge.

"I think they should have considered me to take the team until the end of the season," he revealed, speaking to the Guardian. "I said that from day one.

"I still believe that should have been the case. People in football have suggested that would have been the best move for them to do but at the end of the day they do their own thing and good luck to them."

Dyche was handed the opportunity to take over at Everton on the eve of the January transfer deadline. After opting to take on his first permanent managerial role lower down the pyramid, Ferguson remains confident in his ability.

"I would suggest I have the most experience in the country and my CV would be better than anybody’s at this stage of my career going into my first job," he said.

"I am confident in saying that. I have worked under two Champions League-winning managers, the Belgium national manager, Dutch national manager, Barcelona, Real Madrid head coaches – it is endless.

"I did all my coaching badges 10 years ago. I’ve worked my way through the academy system and developed a lot of young players. I did it the hard way; I didn’t cut any corners. As you can see now, I am still not cutting any corners."


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