Former West Ham United midfielder Martin Allen has backed Duncan Ferguson to “bring some happiness” back to Everton, if named as Marco Silva’s successor.
Ferguson has been given the manager’s position on an interim basis while the club search for a full-time replacement for Silva, who was fired last Thursday, and oversaw our 3-1 win at home to Chelsea on Saturday.
Allen feels the performance offered against Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge natives left a glowing demonstration of what could be possible under Ferguson, and has suggested the club may strike gold by giving the 47-year-old the permanent job.
“We saw it in their performance [against Chelsea],” Allen told Love Sport Radio. “They ran miles for him, they tackled, they put their bodies on the line, they defended as a unit, and both wide players tracked back and defended.
“That’s things we’ve been brought up on in our football and of course over the years with the introduction of European and South American coaches it’s changed and lazy players who can just walk back and find pockets for when they regain possession and counter attacks are allowed to exist.
“So it has changed massively, but watching that Everton team, my gosh, they’ve tried [Roberto] Martinez, [Ronald] Koeman, Silva and I think they could strike gold if they just give it to Ferguson and let him have it, and let him rip and bring some happiness to that blue side of Merseyside.”
Would you give Ferguson the job?
No, he isn't ready
Everton players recorded the first, second, third, fourth and fifth-most tackles at the weekend, with N’Golo Kante Chelsea’s highest-placed player in sixth with three to Djibril Sidibe’s and Lucas Digne’s seven, Morgan Schneiderlin’s six, Mason Holgate’s five and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s four, per Sofa Score figures.
Sidibe also topped the charts for interceptions (four), while Michael Keane was top for clearances (nine) and Holgate was level with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta for shots blocked (two).
Our players also forced Chelsea’s to turn over possession the most, with Christian Pulisic giving up the ball 30 times, Mateo Kovacic 22, and Kante 21.
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