Simon Jordan mocks idea of Duncan Ferguson becoming next Everton manager
Simon Jordan is adamant Everton would be making a big mistake if they hired Duncan Ferguson as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor.
Ferguson was made assistant manager to Ancelotti after he was appointed as Everton manager in December 2019, but the Italian tactician left last week to rejoin Spanish giants Real Madrid.
A host of names have since been linked with the Blues job, with Ferguson reported to be keen on a promotion [Daily Mail], but former Crystal Palace owner Jordan has warned it would be misguided loyalty to hand the reigns to the ex-Blues striker.
After Jim White posed the question Jordan told talkSPORT [07/06/21]: “Duncan Ferguson embodies a certain spirit that you want in your club, but you don’t want that spirit running the club on a day-to-day basis because it will come unwound, because it’s a one-trick pony.
“It has a certain way of operating and it should absolutely be utilised, but I don’t think it would do Duncan Ferguson any favour whatsoever to be given that job, you need to save him from himself.
“You would put a club hero into a position like asking a one-legged man to run 100 metres in 10 seconds and then castigating him for not being able to do it.
“He doesn’t have the toolkit or skillset to be a manager capable of competing with the six or seven other managers.”
🔵 “Duncan Ferguson embodies a certain spirit that you want to have at #EFC.”
👀 “But you don’t want that spirit running the club! It’s a one tricky pony. It wouldn’t do Duncan Ferguson any favours!”@SJopinion10 doesn’t believe Duncan Ferguson is what Everton need as manager. pic.twitter.com/tC8BznjS7y
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 7, 2021
Blues all love Big Dunc and his big personality, but we shouldn’t become too misty-eyed and let it cloud our judgement.
He’s an inspirational figure but that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to being a great manager, and that’s what we need right now.
Being a great manager encompasses a lot of different qualities, including leadership, tactics and coaching.
The Scot certainly has the former but are the other two traits his strong points? Maybe they are, particularly his coaching and working with the forwards in particular, but it would be a huge risk to ask him to step up to the plate in these circumstances.
Whoever steps into the job will have big issues to sort out and it’s not the sort of task that should be handed to a managerial novice.
Maybe there will come a point where Ferguson has to leave the Blues to pursue his own managerial ambitions and then come back to us as a more-rounded coach with senior experience.
We’d love for him to one day be patrolling the sidelines as Blues boss, but for now, we hope he stays on as first-team coach for whoever comes through the door this summer.
In other Everton news, Roy Keane slams Blues star in heated row with Ian Wright over controversy.