Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson has made a shock return to the club to take a job as a coach in the youth set-up.
Ferguson, 39, is a cult-hero at Goodison Park after his two spells with the club that saw him notch up over over 200 appearances, but has not worked in the game since he finished playing in 2006. The combative striker, however, has now turned his hand to coaching and has been working with new youth director Alan Irvine and Kevin Sheedy with the Under-18s.
"Duncan came back about a month ago and met me," Everton manager David Moyes said. ''He wants to watch and see what's going on. He is back and helping Alan Irvine. He is not a qualified coach yet because he is going through his badges, but we have got him in and he's happy to do the time and he's working down at the academy.
"He is showing he really wants to do it. What I have to say is he is putting the hours and the effort in. He still has to get his Uefa 'B' licence and 'A' licence but he is shadowing Alan. He is out and about helping some of the younger teams here, he will get the chance to take some sessions.
"It could lead to something more, but what you need is your qualifications and that is the first thing."
Ferguson was sent off six times during his spell at Everton and also spent time in jail for his infamous on–field headbutt on John McStay in 1994 while playing for Rangers. Indeed, Moyes admits that he did not expect his fellow countryman to take this career path.
"I have to say I didn't foresee him going into coaching when I had him as a player," Moyes said. "But Duncan has come back and I think he misses the smell of football a wee bit.
"If you look at the Everton legends in the eyes of the fans, coupled with the greats of Peter Reid, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp and all that crew, then Duncan is maybe one who could put himself close to those players."