By Wayne Veysey

23rd Dec, 2019 | 1:28pm

'Plenty of Everton fans will be fuming' - Whelan claim after big weekend development

Plenty of Everton fans will be “fuming” that Duncan Ferguson has been overlooked in favour of Carlo Ancelotti to become the club’s new manager.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Merseysiders announced at the weekend that the Italian has been appointed the successor to Marco Silva.

Whelan claims Ferguson did such an “outstanding” job of transforming the atmosphere at Goodison Park during his four-match caretaker spell he should have got the job full-time.

But Everton have turned to the proven managerial qualities of Ancelotti and handed him a four-and-a-half year contract that runs until the summer of 2024.

“I’m disappointed, to be honest,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I thought Duncan Ferguson deserved a crack at it full-time.

“He’s got the old Everton back in recent weeks, got them working hard, aggressive, hard to beat.

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“When you have a team that are doing what the manager want and are looking completely different in a short space of time, why change it? They should have waited another two to three weeks to see if Duncan could keep it going.

“Plenty of Everton fans will be fuming. They love Duncan, and would have wanted him to get the job.

“Carlo Ancelotti or a foreign manager doesn’t mean success. He’s just been sacked by Napoli and just because you’re a big name doesn’t mean the team will start winning trophies.

“Unless Ancelotti has masses of money to spend, there’s no guarantee the team will go flying up the table. It’s about making the most of the resources available, which Duncan was certainly doing.”

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light for the club to sell big name at a £17million loss next month.