By Wayne Veysey

17th Jun, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Major update on Ferguson future at Everton as Benitez stance revealed

Duncan Ferguson will be offered a key role on Rafael Benitez’s prospective Everton coaching staff, Football Insider has learned.

The Goodison legend and longstanding coach, 49, is highly regarded by the club hierarchy and they want him to stay on regardless of who takes over as manager.

Football Insider revealed earlier that will now be Benitez, who is set to be announced as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor later today.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that Benitez has no problem with Ferguson staying on in a key role.

The Spaniard believes the former striker provides continuity on the training ground and his knowledge and understanding of the current players will be very helpful.

Ferguson was joint-assistant manager to Ancelotti – alongside his son Davide – before the pair departed for Real Madrid earlier this month.

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The Scot has also worked on the coaching teams of previous managers Marco Silva, Sam Allardyce, Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martinez and David Moyes.

He was linked with potentially joining Ancelotti in Madrid but the source said that was never really a strong option for Ferguson.

Ferguson has also not coveted the vacant manager’s role despite his success as caretaker following Silva’s exit 18 months ago.

He is said to be content as a number two and is happy to continue in that role if offered it by Benitez.

Most managers tend to bring in their own backroom team, but the former Liverpool and Newcastle boss has a smaller coaching staff than some, including notably Ancelotti and Nuno Espirito Santo.

In other news, super agent is working on luring two sensational signings to Everton after Benitez talks.