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"We want it rocking" - Ferguson looking to rebuild fortress Goodison

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

03:42 6 Dec 2019

Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson has issued a rallying call to the club's fans ahead of Saturday's Premier League visit of Chelsea to Goodison Park. 

The former Toffees striker was handed the reins on a temporary basis following the sacking on Thursday night of Marco Silva.

Ferguson has been a first-team coach at Everton under a succession of managers over the past few years and is relishing his opportunity to take charge of the side, "I am incredibly proud to manage the Club, I have been here a very long time and it is a big part of my life."

He'll be assisted by former Goodison favourites Francis Jeffers and John Ebbrell, as well as former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Alan Kelly.

Following Wednesday's 5-2 defeat away to Merseyside rivals Liverpool, Everton go into the weekend third-from-bottom in the Premier League table and on a run of three consecutive top-flight losses.

"We have to try to get their performance up, make sure there’s a reaction from the past few games and it is my job to do that", Ferguson told his pre-match press conference.

"[We want] what everybody wants, we want to see a team that is fighting.

"Passion for the shirt."

(PA Images)

Ferguson's called on the Goodison faithful to play their part in sparking an upswing in form, "We want Saturday to be a real cauldron, the atmosphere, supporting the team.

"Having the fans with you gives you a lift… an extra yard.

"Hopefully that is what will happen on Saturday and I am sure it will.

"We will put on a session today with plenty of talking and communication with them [players] and trying to build them up for the game.

"We know how important it is and we’ll make sure they know as well."

The 47-year old feels he could barely have a tougher task for his first game in charge, "Chelsea are a very strong team, very strong on the counter-attack.

"We have to be careful about when we are pressing.

"It will be a great atmosphere on Saturday and we want a high-energy performance from the team.

"I am sure the players will be ready to perform."

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