By Declan Walsh

20th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

Simon Jordan mocks Everton manager hunt, Jim White in stitches on live radio

Simon Jordan has mocked Everton and their hunt to hire a new manager after Duncan Ferguson was announced as caretaker boss on Tuesday.

Rafa Benitez was sacked on Sunday and Ferguson, who was previously in interim charge in 2019, looks set to manage the Blues when they take on Aston Villa this weekend.

Jim White asked Jordan if he thinks Ferguson has been effectively handed a trial for the full-time job at Goodison after the club’s latest move.

However, ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan couldn’t help but take a swipe at Everton’s hiring process.

“Is he on trial for the job full-time, Simon? In some ways I would think probably, yes, to answer the question,” said White on talkSPORT on Wednesday [19 January, 11:09am].

Jordan replied to say: “The thinking that we’ve seen from [Everton], you could probably put Elmer Fudd on trial for the job on the basis of what they’ve done so far with their appointments.”

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Jordan’s comment caused White and talkSPORT guest Trevor Sinclair to laugh, as seen in the video clip below.

Completely fair

Let’s face it, Jordan’s right.

Everton’s recruitment process with managers has been all over the place.

Farhad Moshiri has been starstruck by big names like Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez without really considering whether or not they would be good fits or long-term hires for the Blues.

Benitez has fallen out with people and not lasted long in jobs at Newcastle and in China while Ancelotti always looked as though someone who’d jump at the next big opporunity if one arose. Everton was a gap-year for him.

Sam Allardyce was just hired out of desperation and Marco Silva simply wasn’t good enough.

And now we’re seeing Ferguson in interim charge for a second time and if he does well again, it’ll just show Moshiri up even more for not hiring him before he went in for Ancelotti.

Everton have wasted millions on cutting short contracts of their managers and wasted hundreds of millions on dud signings.

There needs to be a change in approach at Goodison and that comes down to Moshiri, who needs to stop meddling in the affairs of the club and let people who know and understand the game to run things.

In other Everton news, contact has been made with the agent of a manager who “ticks all the boxes” for the Toffees.

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