By Saikat Mandal

22nd Jan, 2022 | 9:30am

Karen Carney comments on Everton managerial situation

Karen Carney has suggested that Everton have made the “right move” by appointing Duncan Ferguson as their caretaker boss.

Everton sacked Rafa Benitez after a poor run of form this month, and the Toffees are in the process of appointing their next permanent manager.

Ferguson, the club hero, will be on the dugout when the Toffees will take on Aston Villa in the Premier League clash on Saturday (22 January).

Karney said to BBC Football Daily (21 January): “Yes, they need to get a connection with the fans. Clearly, they are angry, frustrated and rightly so.

“This is the right thing to get him [Ferguson] back in. I can see the passion. He knows what it means to him. He is already reaching out to the fans. Trying to get the place a fortress again.

“It’s a right move for the time being. The next manager, they got to be smart. Not only the manager, but they need to give the right infrastructure for the manager to succeed.”

Bang on

Carney is absolutely spot on with his assessment.

The Toffees have learnt a big lesson here. Appointing Rafa Benitez was a big mistake, and the club have paid the price.

The results have been very poor but more than anything else, the atmosphere around the club has turned toxic.

The fans have vented their frustration on their players, manager, board, and one could feel a claustrophobic atmosphere around the club as if no one is enjoying the game.

Ferguson will instil confidence among his players. He will bring the passion back and unite the fan base.

At the same time, the Toffees must get their next appointment right, even if it means giving Ferguson the full-time job.

Proper infrastructure is required where money won’t be spent recklessly on players who are simply not top quality. Major rebuilding work is required in the summer.

At the moment, the focus should be on getting the results and climbing up the table.

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