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Ferguson joins Everton coaching staff

Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson is joining their first-team coaching staff, the club have confirmed.

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Ferguson has been working with their under-18 side, as assistant to Kevin Sheedy, since October 2011.

But he will join Roberto Martinez’s senior backroom set up from Monday, an Everton statement said on Wednesday night.

"Everyone knows what this club and the supporters mean to me and if the manager thinks I can make a contribution then I am delighted to do so," the 42-year-old told the club's official website.

"It¹s a very proud moment for me and it's a dream come true.

"I am really looking forward to my new role with the first-team and can't wait to work alongside the manager, Graeme Jones and the rest of the lads.

"I must thank Kevin Sheedy and all the coaches at the academy for the help and support they've given me since I returned to Everton.

"There's a lot to play for this season, it's exciting times and I am made up to be a part of it."

The ex-Scotland international had two spells at Goodison Park as a player, arriving from Rangers in 1994, initially on loan before securing a four million pounds permanent move.

He helped Everton to win the FA Cup in 1995, their last major trophy to date, and scored 42 goals in 133 appearances before then-chairman Peter Johnson agreed to sell him to Newcastle for eight million pounds in November 1998.

Ferguson returned to Goodison Park in the summer of 2000, spending another six seasons with Everton, scoring 31 goals in 140 games before retiring in 2006.

Last summer, former Everton boss Howard Kendall suggested that the former striker was the right candidate to replace Manchester United-bound David Moyes as the club’s manager.

Ferguson’s new Everton role will see him work with Martinez, assistant manager Graeme Jones, first-team development coach Dennis Lawrence and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara.


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