Duncan Ferguson is ready to snub a move to Real Madrid, with his eyes on replacing Carlo Ancelotti as Everton boss.
The Toffees legend, who served as the Italian’s assistant at Goodison Park, was offered the chance to join the Real coaching staff, according to the Sun.
However, Ferguson believes he is ready to make the step up to manager after impressing as caretaker boss in 2019.
Following Marco Silva’s dismissal, the Scot was handed the reins on a temporary basis, picking up five points from three games.
And he now fancies a crack at the job on a permanent basis as Everton continue to look for their new head coach.
Ancelotti stunned bosses at Goodison after he decided to jump ship, just days after holding talks about their plans for the upcoming season.
The 61-year-old guided Everton to a mid-table finish last term, but there were hopes he would be able to kick on with another transfer window to shape the squad.
Those plans are now up in smoke as owner Farhad Moshiri looks for the club’s fourth full time manager in the last three years.
Should Ferguson get the nod, he is planning to work alongside his former teammate Lee Carsley, who would be given the gig as his assistant.
Ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains the favourite to replace Ancelotti after he held talks last week.
David Moyes and Rafa Benitez have also been mooted, along with former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has become the first player to publicly discuss Ancelotti’s departure, admitting it came as a major shock.
“It’s come as a shock. I don’t think anybody expected it,” he said whilst on England duty.
“But it’s how football works and you have to move forward.
“I haven’t spoken to anybody at the club, apart from the Everton lads who are with England but we all felt the same.
“It’s a big, big surprise, but you just have to roll with these things in football.
“When Carlo came in, I was just hitting some good form under Big Dunc.
“But for a manager of his stature to come in and put his belief in me like he did was all that I needed at that time.
“Carlo’s temperament and the way he manages players was a great fit for me. He managed to get some great form out of me.”
He also pointed to Ferguson’s impact at the club, claiming he already has the kind of aura his former boss had.
“Big Dunc is pretty cool, calm and collected in a similar way to Carlo, He always oozes calmness.
“Whether at half time when he’s saying to do this and that – it’s always in a calm manner although he can lose his head when telling us something we need to be told!”