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Odds slashed to 6/1 for Duncan Ferguson to become next Everton manager

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Bookmakers Paddy Power have slashed the odds on Duncan Ferguson to become the next Everton manager.

The former Toffees, Newcastle and Rangers striker's odds have been cut from 10/1 to 6/1 in recent days, making him the new favourite to take over at Goodison Park.

Ferguson, 44, is adored by Everton fans following his two successful spells as a player, during the first of which he won the 1995 FA Cup - the last major trophy won by the club.

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The Scotsman was also part of the squad a decade later that achieved fourth place in the Premier League, qualifying for the Champions League.

Everton fans were dismayed when the beloved forward was sold to Newcastle by former chairman Peter Johnson in 1998 without then-manager Walter Smith's say so. However, two years later he was sold back to the Merseyside club.

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Ferguson was largely renowned for his passion and raw aggression as a player, suggested by the eight red cards he received as an Everton man.

Not only do Toffees fans love Ferguson, but Ferguson loves the club, with the 44-year-old saying at the club's 2011 awards ceremony: "So to the players that are here now, stay in football as long as you can and stay at this club as long as you can because there is only one way after leaving this club, and that is down."

After taking a few years out of football following his retirement, the former Scotland international returned to Everton initially as part of the academy, but now finds himself a first-team coach.

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And with current boss Roberto Martinez under pressure following a poor string of results, questions are starting to be asked whether the Spaniard is still the right man for the job.

Issues remain regarding whether Ferguson has sufficient experience to take the reins at Goodison Park, yet his passion for the game and club suggest there's few better candidates for the role.

Former manager David Moyes is 7/1 to succeed Martinez, whilst Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is an unprecedented 16/1 to take over.

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