By Beck Pascal

19th Jan, 2022 | 6:00am

Anichebe names Ferguson and Baines to replace Benitez at Everton

Former striker Victor Anichebe has urged Everton to back Duncan Ferguson and Leighton Baines following the departure of Rafa Benitez. 

Ferguson has been first-team coach at Finch Farm since 2014, featuring under all of the Toffees’ managers during that time. 

The Scot had a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2019 with Anichebe backing him to revisit the role with club legend Baines as his assistant. 

“I think it’s simple,” Anichebe said on Sky Sports News.

“I think Duncan Ferguson, Leighton Baines. I think those two should go straight in.

“Duncan Ferguson did incredible the last time he was in the job and then you’ve got Bainesy who knows football so well.

“Tactically, technically, he’s really, really intelligent. I think you’ve got two really good people there.

“We’ve gone through a time now where the fans have been so disconnected from the team and Duncan and Leighton, being club legends, they can really bridge that gap again.

“And then the club can go again in the summer if they think that they want somebody else. But Duncan’s proved before that he can do a really good job, and then he’s got another legend in the club in Leighton Baines.”

Regain identity

This could be a good option for Farhad Moshiri and co at Everton. The club has lacked identity for so long now with there have been so many changes in personnel. 

Each manager that comes in has a different style of play, type of player and coaching method that the core values of Everton Football Club seem to have forgotten. 

Big Dunc personifies the Blues, if ever there was a man to represent the Toffees’ core values, he would be that man. Not only does he have all of the necessary qualities, he has done it before successfully.

He is the fans favourite and has a great relationship with all of the players. At least in the short term, he should be backed by the club.

Baines could come in and provide him with the perfect support. It is so important for Everton to find themselves again on and off the pitch and a club legend like Baines could help steady the ship whilst the board look to make a long-term appointment.

In other Toffees news, Vitaliy Mykolenko has opened up on the ‘pressure’ he feels at Everton.