(Reuters) – Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson expects the club to appoint a “top manager” to replace the sacked Marco Silva, although the 47-year-old said on Friday that it was his dream to manage the Premier League team one day.
Everton sacked Silva on Thursday with the club 18th in the standings having lost nine of their 15 matches and promoted former striker Ferguson from the coaching staff for Saturday’s game against fourth-placed Chelsea.
The British media reported that former Everton boss David Moyes and Shanghai SIPG coach Vitor Pereira were among the leading contenders to take over at Goodison Park.
“I think the club will find a real top manager,” Ferguson, who scored 72 goals in 273 appearances across two spells at Everton, told a news conference.
“Of course it’s a dream of mine to be Everton manager, but I’m a coach at the moment. I’m realistic and not thinking about it. I’m a loyal guy and I’d love to stay here to work with the new manager.
“It’s a fantastic club, who wouldn’t want to be the Everton manager? My main focus is tomorrow, that’s all my remit is.”
Ferguson’s goals and robust style made him a fan favourite at the club he first joined in 1994 and returned to in 2000 following a short spell at Newcastle United.
The Scot said he hoped to inspire the current team to play with pride despite their position in the table.
“It’ll be an incredibly proud moment for me to manage the team tomorrow. I’m nervous, excited, emotional. Everyone knows what the club means to me,” Ferguson added.
“It’s a difficult task because there’s such a short window. But we’ll lift the players and make sure they know what it means to play for this club.”
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)