Senior Everton figures reportedly disagreed with Duncan Ferguson’s suggestions the Toffees didn’t try hard enough against Liverpool.
Everton’s FA Cup run came to an end on Sunday as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool. Carlo Ancelotti named a full-strength side as Everton once again failed to win at Anfield for the first time since 1999.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team was full of youngsters though as he rested his key players to focus on the Premier League.
Everton failed to make the most of the opportunity and it left assistant boss Ferguson fuming at full-tim The Scot aired his honest views of the performance to Everton’s players after the match and did not hold back. According to The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland, some Toffees chiefs didn’t agree with Ferguson’s accusations.
“Duncan Ferguson, the assistant manager, read the riot act to Everton’s players after a FA Cup defeat to a severely weakened Liverpool side on Sunday,” said Boyland.
“Some senior figures disagreed with Ferguson over allegations there was a lack of work ethic. “They believe it was down to some kind of tactical and technical issues and just the fact they didn’t perform as well as Liverpool on the day.”
Ferguson’s passion for the club was clear for all to see when he secured five points from three games as interim boss following Marco Silva’s sacking.
And he certainly has an admirer in Everton legend Neville Southall.
"We have had managers who have not really said they intended to win games,” the former goalkeeper said “They talked about trying this or that, but Duncan gave the fans what they wanted.
“His team gave it a go and they put a shift in. Everton teams should reflect the city. It is a hard-working city with nothing given to you for nothing. "If players don’t do their best, the fans see straight through you. Duncan told them to do it for the fans and the fans would be with them, and they were.
"Ancelotti also keeps things simple and trusts players to do what they do best. You only get things done by building relationships and knowing how to manage players, not by telling people what to do every five seconds.
"Players can be over-coached until they are drained of ability. Let people be what they are.”