Duncan Ferguson will remain with Everton, despite seeing his ambitious run at the manager’s job fall short.
The Toffees legend had his eye on replacing Carlo Ancelotti as head coach, following the Italian’s shock decision to join Real Madrid.
The Sun claimed that the Scot went as far as rejecting the chance to join Ancelotti at the Bernabeu with hopes of being handed a chance in the dugout long-term.
Ferguson impressed as caretaker boss back in 2019, when following Marco Silva’s dismissal, he guided the club to five points from three games.
The Spaniard has signed a three-year deal at Goodison Park, despite a huge fan backlash in the build-up to the appointment.
After Benitez’s arrival was confirmed, Moshiri said: “We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our Club and to Evertonians.
“To put it simply – we need to be competing at the top-end of the league and to be winning trophies.
“Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.
“Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our Club.”
Benitez is an unpopular choice due to his history with the Red half of Liverpool and particularly in regards to some old comments about his new employers.
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But the ex-Newcastle United boss is confident that Everton are going places and thinks he can play a part in a successful new era.
“I am delighted to be joining Everton,” Benitez’s statement read. “Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the Club and their desire to bring success to this historic Club.
“I believe this is a Club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great Club achieve its ambitions.”
But even though Ferguson was overlooked for the manager’s job, Everton have confirmed he will remain in his current role as assistant manager and it is understood David Unsworth and Leighton Baines will stay in their respective coaching positions.
Ferguson’s impact at Goodison Park has been hailed by star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, revealing him to have a similar aura to Ancelotti.
“Big Dunc is pretty cool, calm and collected in a similar way to Carlo, He always oozes calmness,” he said earlier this year.
“Whether at half time when he’s saying to do this and that – it’s always in a calm manner although he can lose his head when telling us something we need to be told!”