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Duncan Ferguson: I'm addicted to coaching

07/05/2015  Comments (22)  jump

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Duncan Ferguson is revelling in his role as a first-team coach at Everton under Roberto Martinez, saying he "can't get enough of it."

In an interview with The Times, the 43 year-old Scot explains that after a period away from the game in Majorca, he returned to football at the Blues' Academy at Finch Farm and hasn't looked back.

This is my addiction. I love it," he says. "I'm a great admirer of Barcelona and Marcelo Bielsa, that Chile team, the way they played that intense press, 3-3-3-1.

Developing from within is my big passion. I like to test myself on academy players, see where they end up. I started doing that four years ago, predicting their progression, seeing if I get it right.

We've got a great set-up with the academy, education programmes that are second to none. There was nothing like that when I was coming through."

By his own admission, Ferguson earned a reputation for his mis-steps on and off the pitch but he is determined to carve out a lasting legacy as a coach then, perhaps, a manager.

"When I played the game I had the reputation. You can't get away from that," he continues. "I was sent off, played hard, made mistakes in my career, in my life. So maybe some people do say, Duncan Ferguson? God almighty.' But they don't know me.

I'm serious. I want people to remember me as a coach.

And when it eventually comes time to consider making the big step up to management, there is clearly nowhere else he would rather take it.

I'm an Everton fan with a ringside seat, Ferguson says. I think everyone dreams of being Everton manager, don't they? Don't you?

"Everyone has dreams, but it's not something I'm anywhere near. We've got a top-drawer manager, outstanding, and I'm learning from him every day. I just want to be the best coach I can be. I'm working hard at it.

Quotes sourced from The Times (£)

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Patrick Murphy
1 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:39:07
I sometimes wonder if one of Roberto’s problems is his over analysis of the game that he too often forgets about the most basic stuff as Ferguson reveals in this interview "But most of all he is enjoying learning from Martinez - "The most tactically detailed manager I've met," he said.

Brian Harrison
2 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:50:47
Well seeing RM promoted him to work with the first team he is hardly going to slag him off. So this is the most detailed manager he has worked with, despite him not working on offensive or defensive free kicks and corners. Where every penalty is up for grabs on the day, or where senior players have to tell him to change his system. The football he has produced has in the main been dire for most of the season.
Ross Edwards
3 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:53:33
I think heÂ’d be better suited as a coach. I donÂ’t think heÂ’s managerial material. A man with the volatile, passionate and confrontational personality he had as a player would definitely not make a good manager.

Look at Roy Keane and Paolo Di Canio as examples.

Mark Andersson
4 Posted 08/05/2015 at 01:11:06
Just finished writing on the Baines thread. It applies to this thread too. MartinezÂ’s school of bullshit is working well his pupils are getting top marks.

Dear oh dear, really Dunc, if RM is so good why oh why have we had such a bad season? Shite results shite football.

Who is next to spin the spin doctorÂ’s philosophy? Tony Hibbert, Darren Gibson, the manager is a genius, his expertise in physiotherapy has me feeling like the bionic man. IÂ’ll be back next season and it will be like having a new signing.

Ciaran Duff
5 Posted 08/05/2015 at 02:11:39
Patrick & Brian - Good to see that you guys know more than this young upstart coach Ferguson.
Dick Fearon
6 Posted 08/05/2015 at 02:40:41
Ciaran, 5, No call for you to be a bit sarky with P & B, I think both have made valid points. Had covered the basics of defending crosses from the wing including corners may not lost to Villa.

HereÂ’s a bit of advice for Dunc on what to do when your keeper is glued to his line as per Howard. When facing very good headers use a zonal defence plus have a defender on each post.

That would do for starters – oh, and have them communicate with each other.

Gavin Johnson
7 Posted 08/05/2015 at 03:14:57
Patrick, I think thatÂ’s a fair assessment of Martinez. IÂ’ve said on a couple of other threads that Martinez seems to bombard the players with too much info - Demonstrated by how much time he spends talking to substitutes coming onto the pitch.

From the Ferguson quote about Martinez being the most detailed manager heÂ’s worked with, we could also ascertain this. So I think you could well be right that by trying to focus on too many things some of the more basic stuff may have been neglected.. The neglect of defending from set-pieces is an obvious one that springs to mind, for me.

I would hope that with Martinez being a relatively young manager heÂ’ll learn from experience when to use the array of tactical knowledge I have no doubts he has. Barring the exception of Villa I would hope that recent results are to starting to bear this out.

I think a lot of this also comes down to time management - with him only having so many hours with the players training in the week. I get the impression heÂ’d have the players living at the training ground if he had his way. I seem to remember in his vision of a redeveloped training ground there would be accommodation for players to stay overnight.

As for Â’Big DuncÂ’. I enjoyed reading his interview. He seems a man of very few words so to hear his own vision of the game which is very adventurous and unlike the one I imagined him to have. It gives me optimism that he can offer more than just being a cosmetic appointment based on his legend status.

Ciaran Duff
8 Posted 08/05/2015 at 04:18:08

Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the team and manager but it does annoy me when every item or article, even positive ones, are twisted and used as ammunition for more negative comments.

Duncan Ferguson has been through a lot in his life both on and off the pitch. He is a very experienced professional who has worked under a number of different managers and various clubs. I was happy when David Moyes invited him back into the fold and with his subsequent progress under RM. DF has obviously put in a huge amount of work himself too. If he says he is happy and enjoying life under RM then that is good enough for me.

Peter McHugh
9 Posted 08/05/2015 at 06:43:22
Ross 3% funny you say volatile, passionate and confrontational are traits which wonÂ’t stand Ferguson in good stead when his namesake is one of the most successful British managers ever with precisely these traits!
Patrick Murphy
10 Posted 08/05/2015 at 07:32:07
Ciaran - IÂ’m glad you have clarified your position as I took your initial post as a complement - sarcasm when written is difficult to pick up.

I donÂ’t think I was taking a positive and turning it into a negative. I was looking at the words that Duncan used and extrapolating from it a reason why we may have underperformed during this campaign. I stand by what I wrote.

Roberto may lose sight of the basics because he over thinks the game – simplicity in most fields is usually the most successful. Think Lennon and McCartney in music, for example.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 08/05/2015 at 08:09:15
HeÂ’s a fan of the intense press. HavenÂ’t seen much of that this year...
Lewis Barclay
12 Posted 08/05/2015 at 08:19:36
CanÂ’t we just have one thread where we concentrate on the story?

CanÂ’t we congratulate Ferguson on his passion for Everton, his attempts at intelligently dealing with the mistakes he feels heÂ’s made and having a little hope that maybe, just maybe, his passion for our club might have further affect on some of the less passionate staff we have?

I doubt that (as suggested) DFÂ’s appointment to 1st team coach was solely RMÂ’s decision, but heÂ’s doing the right thing by praising his boss, even if itÂ’s just to achieve an eventual goal of having the job he occupies.

At the arse end of what has been a disappointing season, IÂ’m looking for some positives and I think seeing a true supporter of the club, who seems to feel he owes it something, come out in the national press, when he hates giving interviews, and talk the way he is might just be a small positive!

Ross Edwards
13 Posted 08/05/2015 at 08:47:29
Very true, Peter! But I feel Dunc would be more a Roy Keane type manager than SAF.
Matt Traynor
14 Posted 08/05/2015 at 09:11:05
I remember when we were after him first time round. We were outbid by Leeds Utd, who even paraded him in a shirt at Elland Road, before Rangers stole in with a late, late bid that turned FergusonÂ’s head.

Couple of years later and we signed him and Iain Durrant on loan under Mike Walker (?) I remember watching them away at Palace, not sure if it was their debut, but Ferguson did nothing, Durrant was just shocking. (Did we terminate his loan early?)

Already blanking the press, when asked by an Echo journalist if heÂ’d make the move permanent he barked "No way pal. IÂ’m a Rangers man". He was yet to be bitten by the bug.

First goal against Them, at Goodison, and he was in the Blue hearts. The shambles with his prison stay, even more shambolic reception on his release merely confirmed to him what we already knew.

Tellingly when he was sold to Newcastle, he agreed to give an interview to a fanzine (not the local press mind). The excited scribe asked "So whatÂ’s it like to have signed for Newcastle?". "ItÂ’s shite" was his less-than-expected reply, going on to explain to the open-mouthed fan that he was only there because Everton didnÂ’t want him.

How many players down the years, through the ages, have we heard similar stories from? Ball, Kendall, Young, latterly Cahill – none were from Liverpool or had any connection to the club until they signed on the dotted line.

Nick Entwistle
15 Posted 08/05/2015 at 09:37:17
Matt, YouTube used to have first half highlights of his debut in the League C against Portsmouth. Debuted on the same day as Amokachi and the highlights were fantastic. Only IÂ’ve searched and searched but they are no longer there.
Richard Reeves
16 Posted 08/05/2015 at 11:16:58
IÂ’ve always had this belief that a playerÂ’s style of play reflects how they manage, which is why IÂ’ve not been enthusiastic about Big Dunc becoming manager and why IÂ’ve wondered if Sheedy would or could make the step up. IÂ’ve got to admit though, when I read this, I thought if he is a top manager in the making and he gets to boss Everton, then the atmosphere around Goodison would be electric and personality wise I couldnÂ’t think of another person I would want that to happen to more.

I also count the words of our most successful manager to mean something when he suggests that Dunc would be a good manager, even if most seem to dismiss anything he says, although IÂ’m not confident enough to think it would be the right step to take after Martinez as he would need to prove himself at another club first before taking on such a massive job.

Signing Big Dunc up as manager would suit Kenwright down to the ground though as he tends to go for people who are trying to prove themselves from lower leagues and in my opinion are more easily controlled. The last two are from the Championship and you can bet your bottom dollar heÂ’s got his eye on Eddie Howe but who knows, maybe one day heÂ’ll stumble on a top manager and it could be either of the above for all I know.

Mark Andersson
17 Posted 08/05/2015 at 14:02:46
Lewis Barclay, you have made a very good point. Apologies for my earlier post.
Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 08/05/2015 at 14:48:27
DonÂ’t confuse Duncan Ferguson the footballer with Duncan Ferguson the man. If you do get to see any of his very few interviews, he is an articulate guy who, despite being very passionate, is actually quite shy. There is no guarantee whether he would be a good or bad manager, but he would throw himself into it 100%.
Christopher Kelly
19 Posted 08/05/2015 at 20:46:35
HeÂ’s too much of a social media "addict" to be taken seriously as a manager. Asking fans' opinions at half-time leads me to believe heÂ’s not close to being ready mentally for any important job. Hope IÂ’m wrong.
Derek Turner
20 Posted 09/05/2015 at 06:58:25
Ferguson says. "I think everyone dreams of being Everton manager, donÂ’t they? DonÂ’t you?"

Enough said for me.

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 10/05/2015 at 17:36:38
Most tactical manager he has ever worked with? We took eight corners yesterday that got cleared at the near post and we never done a thing to change it.

A Sunday league manager wouldnÂ’t let this happen without putting a man at the near post to flick the ball on.

ItÂ’s so fucking embarrassing, itÂ’s a joke. Especially since yesterday was game 36, and we have been doing the same thing since game 1.

Joseph Clarke
22 Posted 11/05/2015 at 20:58:16
Addicted to coaching! I am addicted to crosswords... doesn't mean I am any good at them.

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