Some Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Duncan Ferguson revealed that he was wearing a watch that belonged to Howard Kendall during Saturday’s win at home to Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s Blues’ trip to Goodison Park on Saturday was the first match of the interim Ferguson era, with our former striker stepping up to the challenge of watching over the first-team as the club consider who will replace Marco Silva.
The 47-year-old was suited and booted for his first match in the dugout, which saw Richarlison open the scoring, Dominic Calvert-Lewin fire home, and later secure a brace after Mateo Kovacic pulled one back for the visitors.
Beating the Stamford Bridge natives moved the club out of the Premier League relegation places and we now sit 14th in the table above AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United by a single point, with 18th-placed Southampton a further point behind.
But beyond moving out of the bottom three, Saturday was a special day for all with Ferguson winning on his managerial debut, and the caretaker boss has revealed that Kendall’s widow Lily handed him an Armani watch worn by the most successful manager in our club’s history ahead of kick-off.
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“I have the wrist band and I have the watch, which does nae actually work,” Ferguson said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “It’s Howard Kendall’s. Lily came down and gave it to me to put on my wrist and wear it. I was in between tracksuit and suit and things like that. Lily gave it to my wife this morning.
“She said she wanted me to wear it on the bench for Howard. I loved him. It was very emotional. It does nae work. But there you go, it’s nice. It’s an amazing feeling, really. To get the result and you could just feel it in the stadium, couldn’t you? Everyone was so happy, everything went well.”
Here are some of the reactions shared to Ferguson’s reveal…
The reveal that Duncan Ferguson was wearing Howard Kendall’s watch just makes the Chelsea win better and better. It’s become such a special game now. People talk about “Everton, that”, but that’s what Everton is. I love stuff like that. The little things, mate.
— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) December 8, 2019
— I am the eggman….🎼🎼🎼🎼 (@Blackpablo68) December 9, 2019
— Leemarsh (@Leemars15402304) December 9, 2019
What a man. What a club.
— Paul J Wheatley (@DukeofGlamis) December 9, 2019
He wore Howard’s watch? Such a great touch. Supporting a club isn’t about winning all the time, it’s about enjoying the connection and things like this is what makes it special. He has to get at least one more game as any replacement now would be on a hiding to nothing
— Kieran Jennings (@KieranJ_1979) December 9, 2019
This club knows how to play with your heart strings and I would never change that for the world
— Gardantuan JFT96 (@EfcDan15) December 8, 2019
😥 that’s it, I’m blubbing again !!!
— 💙 Gill McMahon 💙 (@gill_mcmahon) December 9, 2019
The Chelsea match joins my recent favorites — Davies v City in 17, Lukaku v Chelsea in the QF, and now Ferguson v Chelsea
— Cat of the Canals (@otrochris) December 8, 2019
Thought I was all-cried-out…. but no. Those who understand… goodnight to the Chosen 💙
— Howard Parr (@HowardParr3) December 8, 2019
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