Former Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson has turned down a coaching role at Real Madrid, according to The Sun.
The Gers paid what was a British record transfer fee – £4m – to bring Ferguson to Ibrox from Dundee United in 1993 [The Guardian].
However, his short stint was marred by controversy and he moved to Everton the following year after an initial loan spell and spent the rest of his career in England.
Ferguson retired and moved to Mallorca in 2006 but returned five years later to start as a volunteer youth coach at Everton and was promoted to the first-team coaching staff in 2014.
Since then, he’s served under various different managers and even took the reins himself as interim boss for a brief period following the sacking of Marco Silva in December 2019.
Most recently, he worked with Carlo Ancelotti, but after the Italian’s departure for Real Madrid, The Sun are reporting that he wants a shot at the manager’s job full-time at Goodison Park.
It’s thought that Big Dunc’s former teammate Lee Carsley would work as his no.2 if he was given the job.
It’s asserted that he’s so keen to make the step up at Everton, that he turned down an offer to join Ancelotti’s coaching staff at Real Madrid.
Snubbing a role at Real Madrid is a remarkable showing of loyalty to Everton from Ferguson, who produced solid results during his brief stint in charge of the Toffees in 2019.
However, it does seem unlikely that he’ll be appointed to replace Ancelotti, given his lack of experience.
Discussions have reportedly started between Everton and former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, while Eddie Howe, David Moyes and Rafa Benitez have all also been mentioned as potential candidates.