Duncan Ferguson appointed manager's job at Forest Green

26/01/2023 42comments  |  Jump to last

Former Everton player and coach, Duncan Ferguson, has taken his first full-time managerial role after being given the vacant job at Forest Green Rovers.

The English Football League side are currently bottom of League One.

The Guardian had claimed that Forest Green met with the 51-year-old Scot on Wednesday, after they parted company with previous manager Ian Burchnall.

Ferguson had two brief caretaker roles with the Toffees, famously winning his first march in charge against Chelsea in December 2019.

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He is expected to make the loan signing of Everton U21 midfielder Tyler Onyango his first addition to the Nailsworth club.


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John Raftery
1 Posted 26/01/2023 at 13:59:23
I hope Duncan likes vegan pies. If he is appointed he faces a tough challenge. FGR have made several signings this month with the aim of moving off the bottom but they have found the step up from League 2 more difficult they might have imagined. They also have plans for a new stadium, having identified a site but as far as I know no start date.
Barry Hesketh
2 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:02:57
John @1
Duncan has been confirmed as Forest Green boss, with Tony Grant as one of his backroom people
Darren Hind
3 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:04:48

DF on SSN with their owner. He was offered a vegan burger. Took a long look and said he looks forward to trying it....later.

Just checked where they are four points adrift of Accrington Stanley having played three games more He'll need all the luck he can get.

All the best to him

John Graham
4 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:05:35
Great news.
Believe he has now taken over.
Time to learn the job at the bottom of the tree and hopefully prove himself as a good manager.
Let's hope that he does such a great job that he is back with us in the near future.
Good luck Duncan.
Frank Knight
5 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:34:35
Good luck Dunc, I’ll be watching for the results, bottom of the league, what a challenge!
Pat Kelly
6 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:38:12
The Big Green Giant has found his home
Mark Ryan
7 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:48:35
About time too. Tony Grant indeed. Nifty player back in the day. Good luck Big man
Mick O'Malley
8 Posted 26/01/2023 at 14:58:25

The chairman of Forest Green Rovers just been on TalkSport and he said Duncan didn't eat the burger as it was still frozen!! It was cooked in a rush, mind you I can't blame him, frozen or not vegetarian burgers are vile. Anyway, good luck Duncan, love him to make a success of it.

Eddie Dunn
9 Posted 26/01/2023 at 15:16:51
Very good news at last. Good luck Duncan.
Phill Thompson
10 Posted 26/01/2023 at 16:12:16
Good luck with this Big Dunc, he’s quite a job on his hands given FGR ‘s current league position. If he can avoid relegation, get them to the Championship next season then he’ll be favourite to be our 5th manager in 3 years in time for our move to the new stadium.
Barry Hesketh
11 Posted 26/01/2023 at 16:15:00
Hopefully, Duncan will get Forest Green Rovers to the championship and our new boss fails to see Everton arrive in the same division.
Paul Cherrington
12 Posted 26/01/2023 at 16:19:06
Good luck to Big Dunc - he deserves his shot as a manager and really hope it all goes well for him.
Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 26/01/2023 at 16:22:38
Tyler Onyango has signed on loan for Forest Green. Wonder if this was in the works when he was recalled?
Ray Roche
14 Posted 26/01/2023 at 16:23:27
Yes, good luck to him. Invaluable experience and I can see some Everton youngsters getting loan spells there to help them also gain experience.
Neil Copeland
15 Posted 26/01/2023 at 17:02:23
Good luck, Duncan.
Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 26/01/2023 at 17:06:59
God speed, Duncan, I wish you the sincere best.
Paul Swan
17 Posted 26/01/2023 at 17:21:39
Interesting timing to accept his first job. Do you think he was harbouring thoughts of a return but now knows it won’t happen?
Ian Riley
18 Posted 26/01/2023 at 17:27:59
All the best, Duncan!!

Phil Wood
19 Posted 26/01/2023 at 18:15:50
Well done, Big Man.
Tony Everan
20 Posted 26/01/2023 at 18:21:15
Good luck to Duncan and Tony Grant.

He should have broken out 10 years ago and proved himself as a manager. He may well have been Everton manager by now and doing a good job.

Nearly every Blue will be checking the results to see how he gets on.

Nigel Munford
21 Posted 26/01/2023 at 18:52:56
Oh bugger we missed him!!!
Joe McMahon
22 Posted 26/01/2023 at 18:56:36
Yep, I wish Duncan well for his first full manager job.

It's interesting that Duncan, Big Unsworth and Everton are all in relegation battles. Hopefully all 3 avoid the drop!

Paul Tran
23 Posted 26/01/2023 at 18:58:47
It's a tough job and they've got a tough man to do it. Best of luck, Duncan!
Iakovos Iasonidis
24 Posted 26/01/2023 at 19:51:39
Good luck to him! I will always hope the best for Big Dunk, I really love him! Tough start to his managerial career though...
Charles Brewer
25 Posted 26/01/2023 at 20:23:23
I hope he does brilliantly. However, the only footballer I can think of who is less vegan than Dunc is Suarez, and that's because he's a cannibal.

Maybe if he promises to kill his lunch completely naturally with his own teeth they'll accept him. I can't see that being a problem for him, however!

Will Mabon
26 Posted 26/01/2023 at 20:32:54
This will add to the interest in looking at the table. Really hope he does well.
Graham Haines
27 Posted 26/01/2023 at 23:22:29
I am Everton and Forest Green (local side), absolutely made up with this appointment for FGR, it is huge. At least one of my teams will now hopefully go in the right direction.
Justin Doone
28 Posted 27/01/2023 at 02:00:30
Wish him all the best. I wonder if he's on a basic £6M relegation or not?

FGR did extremely well to get promoted but league 2 to league 1 is a massive jump in ability and consistency.

Would love an academy partnership with a few clubs, Everton have missed the boat but hopefully Dunc can help give some Everton youngsters what they need, fight, determination and proper experience against experienced professional footballers to progress.

Mark Taylor
29 Posted 27/01/2023 at 02:17:13
FGR are also my local team I see occasionally, next time in March. It will be surreal to see Dunc prowling the sidelines.

FGR have been hopelessly out of their depth this season. If he avoids relegation, it will be massive. If not, you could say it was nailed on anyway, so he has little to lose.

One tip is to stop the fools playing out too often from the back. They are not remotely skilful enough to do this and give away a large % of goals by trying.

John Davies
30 Posted 27/01/2023 at 09:54:38
Good luck to the Big Man. Hope he is a roaring success & goes on to manage at higher levels in the future. A great signing for FGR.
Dale Rose
31 Posted 27/01/2023 at 10:30:39
Best of luck to him.
Lee Courtliff
32 Posted 27/01/2023 at 10:35:04
I wish the very best of luck to Big Dunc and Rodders. Really hope it works out for him.
Joe McMahon
33 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:46:08
Well FG winning, which will be a good start. But when you look at the table Dunc has a hell of a task ahead if him.

Nice area of the country to live in at least.

Peter Carpenter
34 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:49:41
Besides Onyango, looks like he's roped in Bakayoko too, aged 46.
Peter Carpenter
35 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:51:45
That's quite a scary league. Look at the teams placed 2 to 5.
Jeff Armstrong
36 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:55:25
Fuck, last minute equaliser and winner by Shrewsbury

Unlucky Dunc

Peter Carpenter
37 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:58:50
Shit, not last second.
Nick Page
38 Posted 28/01/2023 at 16:59:20
The curse of Everton
Joe McMahon
39 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:03:45
It's incredible Nick. The curse never stops.
Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:07:28
What curse? Mathew Pennington, remember him? Inspired Shrewsbury to fight back and score those late goals, the never die spirit of a good Evertonian.
Andy Crooks
41 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:17:03
This curse, Dave!!! Had Forest Green in a treble with AFC Wimbledon and Tranmere. Done me out of £450.
Mark Ryan
42 Posted 28/01/2023 at 17:57:46
Such a shame for Duncan today. Better days ahead for him

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