Farhad Moshiri has paid tribute to Duncan Ferguson and has suggested Everton’s recent revival under the interim coach was as crucial to the club’s future success as the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the Toffees chief has hailed Ferguson for giving him his ‘most enjoyable time’ as the club’s majority shareholder in almost four years at the helm.
‘Big Dunc’ oversaw his final game in charge on Saturday as Everton drew 0-0 with Arsenal. The Scot has now stepped down to become part of Ancelotti’s coaching team following the Italian’s appointment on Saturday.
In the three-time Champions League winning boss, it appears Moshiri finally has the ‘Hollywood’ appointment he has craved.
Back in 2016, following the appointment of Ronald Koeman, the chief revealed to talkSPORT his vision to compete with Liverpool, Manchester United and Man City in the north east of England – which he branded the ‘new Hollywood of football’.
But Moshiri is under no illusions as to how important a job Ferguson has done in the space of just four games.
The former striker has overseen an impressive revitalisation at Everton since taking over from the axed Marco Silva, taking five points from three Premier League matches against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Tasked with lifting a team devoid of confidence and direction out of the bottom three, he has not only done that – they now sit in 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone – but has also reinvigorated the entire blue half of Merseyside with his genuine passion for the club he served for 11 years as a player.
And speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White at Goodison Park on Saturday, Moshiri said: “We have rediscovered Everton over the last two weeks.
“I’ve had my most enjoyable time with Duncan and we are really grateful to him.
“This passion, the celebrations of fans and manager together, this is the club. This is the most valuable aspect of Everton, not Hollywood, and I think we just need to keep this.
“Carlo is real football man and we hope with Duncan next to him we will keep the passion and build on it.
“We have a good base now, Duncan has brought back the passion and belief.”
Ancelotti is Everton’s fourth permanent manager since Moshiri’s 2016 takeover.
But he believes he has finally found the right boss to bring success back to Goodison Park, claiming the less experienced managers they hired previously just couldn’t handle the pressure from their demanding supporters.
The Iranian businessman added: “I’ve been here now for some time and we’ve had managers from Wigan, Southampton, Watford, and they’ve all had their impact, but we’ve invested heavily on a group of players who are all internationals, and so we think they would benefit from a coach of Carlo’s Ancelotti’s pedigree.
“Everton is a very, very difficult job in football, it’s one of the most difficult clubs, because you are two home losses from being disowned by fans!
“For young managers it’s difficult to cope. The strength of Goodison is the passion of the fans and once you lose that you lose a lot.
“We don’t have the financial base but the fans’ expectations are huge, so I think this mismatch somehow needed to be resolved, so we’ve put a lot of money in to give the club a platform to match fans expectations.
“Silva was a very talented coach… but sometimes it’s just too much for a young manager, that’s why we hope an experienced manager can cope and deal with it better.”
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