English Premiership

Ferguson has no explanation for Kovac presence

Duncan Ferguson (Getty)
Duncan Ferguson (Getty)

Cape Town - Everton interim head coach Duncan Ferguson said he has no idea why former Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac was spotted in the stands in the 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

The Toffees are on the lookout for a new coach after parting company with Marco Silva last week and tongues started wagging at Goodison Park yesterday when Kovac was spotted in the directors’ box.

Kovac has been out of work since Bayern axed him last month, but the Croatian could be set for a sharp return to management with the Blues.

However, Ferguson, who said he is not yet ready to take the job permanently, claimed he did not know why Kovac was there, but is sure he would have enjoyed the game.

On whether he could reconsider being more than an interim boss he added: “I don’t know if I can go through this again – I need to get my fitness up that’s for sure the way I was running up and down the touchline!

“It was the one game, I’m made up, delighted for the fans. Three points is massive for us.”

Everton will be looking to make a quick appointment and now fans will be eager to find out if Kovac is the man to take them forward.

As for the game itself, Ferguson admits there were tears both during and after an emotional win over Frank Lampard’s men.

The former Toffees striker has been handed his dream job following the sacking of Silva and he got off to the perfect start by lifting the club out of the bottom three.

Richarlison’s fifth-minute header had the Scot charging down the touchline celebrating with ball boys, a scene replicated when Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his second of the game six minutes from time after Mateo Kovacic’s first Premier League goal had briefly made it 2-1.

Ferguson said he was in tears after seeing the kids were in tears and there were more waterworks in the boardroom afterwards when he met his wife and children.

- TEAMtalk

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