Duncan Ferguson insists he was not responsible for Everton revival: ‘All I’ve done is walk up and down the tou

Duncan Ferguson has humbly insisted the Everton players should be credited for the team’s revival and not him, telling talkSPORT: ‘All I’ve done is walk up and down the touchline shouting at them!’

The Toffees legend joined Jim White for an emotional interview after leading out the team for the final time as interim boss on Saturday.

The 0-0 draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park saw the Scot end his short tenure with five points from three games, with a victory over Chelsea and draws with Manchester United and the Gunners.

Ferguson looked emotional as he waved to fans after his final game as interim manager

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Ferguson looked emotional as he waved to fans after his final game as interim manager

Not even the most optimistic of fans could have predicted such a run results when Big Dunc took over from Marco Silva, who was sacked after the side slid into the Premier League bottom three.

Now, as Ferguson hands over the reins to new manager Carlo Ancelotti, Everton are sitting more comfortably, relatively, in 15th place and four points clear of the relegation zone.

And, reflecting back on his brief time in charge of his former club, Ferguson told his fellow Scot: “It was incredible.

“What an experience for me. I never tasted defeat, so that made it even sweeter. It’s been a dream.

“The players have been immense, what a shift they’ve put in. They have been amazing to a man.

“It’s nothing to do with me, I’ve done nothing, all I’ve done is walk up and down the touchline shouting at them!”

Tasked with lifting a team devoid of confidence and direction out of danger, Ferguson has not only done that, he has also reinvigorated the entire blue half of Merseyside with his genuine passion for the club he served for 11 years as a player.

Duncan Ferguson gave Everton fans something to cheer about again during his spell as interim boss

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Duncan Ferguson gave Everton fans something to cheer about again during his spell as interim boss

Asked what the whole experience has meant to him, he appeared to be overcome with emotion as he answered.

“It has meant the world to me,” he said.

“To get the results for the fans… incredible.”

Asked if it was his sheer enthusiasm for the job that shone through and got the players firing, he said: “Yeah I think that’s part of it.

“You need good body language, but you also need good tactical information, you need to make sure you motivate the team and keep them in good shape. But they responded to me and that’s good.”

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With Ancelotti now in charge, Ferguson will drop into the three-time Champions League winners’ coaching team.

And he has revealed how the experienced boss has already thrown down the gauntlet to his new team…

“I gave the players the day off on Monday, but he’s stopped it and got us in on Monday, so that shows you how dedicated he is already,” said the former striker.

“I can’t wait to work with him. We’ve got one of the best managers ever and we can just kick on now.”

Listen to Jim White’s interview with Everton legend Duncan Ferguson above