Everton have confirmed that Duncan Ferguson will remain in caretaker charge for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal, though it is expected to be his final game before handing over the reins to Carlo Ancelotti.
Ferguson has yet to lose over 90 minutes during his three games in charge, beating Chelsea and drawing at Man Utd in the league before Wednesday night’s agonising penalty shootout defeat to Leicester.
As well as picking up results, Ferguson’s passion and obvious love for the club has reinvigorated the players and reconnected with the fans.
He has also bought the club valuable time as they seek a permanent replacement for Marco Silva, with that man now almost certain to be Carlo Ancelotti.
It was reported in the Italian media earlier on Thursday that the 60-year-old had reached an agreement with former club Napoli over the terms of his dismissal earlier this month, leaving him free to move to Goodison Park.
The former Chelsea boss has reportedly agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with most of his backroom team at Napoli, including son Davide, joining him on Merseyside.
Carlo Ancelotti is expected at Goodison Park to watch Everton on Saturday and set to begin his role as Marco Silva's successor on Monday. All details ironed out. This is a huge statement by Farhad Moshiri and represents the biggest managerial appointment in Everton's history.— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) December 19, 2019
Confirmation of the deal is expected imminently, with Ancelotti set to watch Saturday’s clash from the stands before officially taking charge on Monday. His first game in the dugout will be against Burnley on Boxing Day.