Everton have appointed Goodison Park legend Duncan Ferguson on a caretaker basis following the board’s decision to sack Marco Silva in the wake of Wednesday night’s crushing defeat to Liverpool.
The former Toffees striker will lead the team into Saturday’s Premier League clash against with Chelsea at home.
The Toffees sacked their manager, Marco Silva, on Thursday evening, following a dire start to the season which sees them languishing in the relegation zone.
After recent defeats at home to Norwich and away at Leicester, the final straw was a humiliating 5-2 Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool in midweek.
Silva’s departure has left a void ahead of their clash against Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime, which is set to be filled by Ferguson.
In an official club statement released on Twitter, he was named as interim manager for the Goodison Park clash.
It’s as yet unknown how long he will be assuming the role for, but the club have expressed their intention to secure a permanent successor to Silva as soon as possible.
Ferguson had a short but dramatic stint with Rangers in the early 1990s, following a multi-million-pound move from Dundee United.
He scored a hat-trick in Cup competition but only managed 14 league appearances amid controversy for being found guilty of headbutting an opponent at Ibrox in 1994.
It’s remarkable that a player once known for being so volatile has just been handed the reins at a big Premier League club. Yet, Ferguson is an established member of the Everton coaching staff, having been part of the first-team setup there since 2014.