Former Dundee United star Duncan Ferguson has turned down the chance to go to Real Madrid – as he wants to become Everton manager (Sun).

Ferguson formed part of Carlo Ancelotti’s backroom staff as assistant manager at Everton during the Italian’s sole full season at Goodison Park last term. But after he decided to rejoin Real Madrid, Ancelotti wanted to bring Ferguson with him to Spain.

Ferguson wants the top job. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

But the former Dundee United player has turned that opportunity down, instead wanting to focus on succeeding Ancelotti as Everton manager. Ferguson has previously been caretaker manager at Everton and was unbeaten in his four games in charge.

He also guided the Merseyside outfit to a victory over Chelsea. But there is strong competition for the role, including Nuno Espirito Santo, David Moyes and Frank Lampard. Ferguson started his career at Dundee United and made 73 appearances in Tayside but has worked exclusively in England since 1994, following his first move to Everton.

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