Big Dunc backed for big things

Roberto Martinez has backed coach Duncan Ferguson to play a major role for Everton during the rest of the season and believes the Toffees cult hero could go on to become a top manager.

He's developing into a really exciting coach. He's been a big influence in the work he's done with the under-18s and I do feel we need his influence in the first-team environment.

He's an Evertonian and he's going to be a big part of the first-team staff from now until the end of the season.

His development as a coach has really impressed me and I think he will become someone very special in that first-team structure. The players respect him and we're going to get a lot out of his work.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez