Former Everton coach Erwin Koeman has revealed how his brother Ronald ensured Duncan Ferguson’s coaching career at the club.

Ferguson is an icon at Goodison Park after scoring 68 goals in 256 games for the club over two spells, first between 1995 and 1999 and then 2000 to 2006.

He’s since worked as a coach at the club since retiring in 2006, first working with the youth set-up before making the step up to the first team.

For several years the Scot was nothing more than a figure in the background, with many questioning what role he actually played at the club.

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He’s stepped up more in recent years, though, and now finds himself as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti after a short stint as Everton’s caretaker manager before the Italian’s arrival.

The Italian coach has made the Blues icon a key part of his team, but it seems a former Everton boss is the key reason he’s still at the club.

“I am a human being. I like working with real people like that, who know everything there is to know about the club and English football,” he told De Telegraaf.

“Duncan is a very sweet, warm guy. I had a great time with him.

“Ronald made sure his contract was changed; he was going to earn a normal salary.

“And before Carlo Ancelotti became a trainer, he was even the head coach for a while.

“They won with him on the couch 3-1 from Chelsea; I thought it was great to see. Now he is Ancelotti’s assistant.”