By Alex Beard

15th Jan, 2020 | 3:55pm

Goodison View: Kenwright admission shows value of behind-the-scenes Everton man

Everybody at Everton loves Duncan Ferguson, that’s just a fact. However, his brief but successful spell in charge of the team this season increased the adoration.

He took over from the sacked Marco Silva in December and led the Toffees to five points from three Premier League games.

The record in and of itself wasn’t spectacular, but what Ferguson did was bring the old Everton back. He infused this underperforming squad with some heart, fight and desire; qualities he himself embodies.

The club’s chairman Bill Kenwright was speaking recently about how Ferguson got his interim gig, and his words shone a light on the value of the big Scot.

“We had several other plans, and what happened was I said to Farhad, ‘Let’s go for a little walk’. We walked into the lounge area and this man [Ferguson], he’d probably live at Finch Farm if his missus and his family would allow it. He’s always first in, last out,” he said, as per the Liverpool Echo.

“He was walking, and it was pretty late, and I said, ‘Dunc, come over here. Tell Farhad [Moshiri] what you’d do on Saturday if you were in charge’.

“And I’m going to paraphrase but this is nearly it. He said, ‘Chairman, I’d go two up front, 4-4-2, I’d make sure the midfield stayed there, I’d have the wingers attacking, the defence solid, and I’d make sure every one of them played their hearts out for this football club’.

“There was a pause, we looked at each other, I went back into the room and told them Duncan was coming in.

“He came in and I asked him to repeat it. He had his two or three minutes, he told us what he would do and he walked out. Two seconds later we walked in again and said, ‘I can do it for you’, and he walked out again.

“And so the decision was made. If he could get that together in two days, he’d be as good as I ever thought he was.”

It sounds simple, but the Ferguson philosophy was evident as soon as he came in. His team did exactly what he told Moshiri and Kenwright they’d do.

What he said there, and what he delivered in his brief tenure, is why ‘Big Dunc’ must be kept around Goodison by any means necessary.