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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed that Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson is not always the tough man everyone is talking about.
‘Big Dunc’, known for his fierce personality as a player and more recently his savage antics on the touchline during his first interim spell at Goodison Park, is back in the Toffees hot seat following the sacking of Rafael Benitez.
Many are hoping Ferguson’s passion will inspire a resurgence in results, starting with a visit to Aston Villa this Saturday – live on talkSPORT.
However, Everton star striker Calvert-Lewin, following in Ferguson’s footsteps as a fan favorite up front, insists his predecessor has a calmer side.
“It’s a bit of a misconception,” the England striker told talkSPORT, in an exclusive interview with Trevor Sinclair.
“He still has that in him. But it’s not every day on the training ground that he is like this.
“It’s something that keeps you on your toes and keeps you on edge. He is cool, calm and serene in the way he approaches the training ground.
“But to know that if you step out of line, or if you don’t do something right or if you don’t work, you’ll get the hair dryer.
“I’m happy to say that I never fully had it and I hope I never will!”
Calvert-Lewin added: “He just has a way of captivating players and rubbing them off. His passion and love for the club definitely rubs off on the players and that’s one of his biggest traits.
“I can’t wait to see him back on the touchline and make him proud, reward him for everything he has done for me in my career so far.”
After a brilliant start to the season, a serious injury sidelined Calvert-Lewin for four months – and hindsight suggests it derailed Everton’s season.
When asked if his absence could have cost Benitez his job, the striker replied: “Maybe. Hindsight is a beautiful thing. We started the season very well and I was scoring.
“For me to get injured at that time was really difficult and I think a big part of his tactic was to play against me – and he lost that.”
Calvert-Lewin returned for Benitez’s last two games but failed to find the net in defeats to Brighton and Norwich.
But the striker insists it was never right to expect instant goals on his return.
“I feel good now,” he said. “I trained regularly and it’s good to have two 90 minutes under my belt.
“I think it’s the first time in my career that I’ve gone through a period like this and you can underestimate the length of four or five months.
“It may take a few sessions to start getting your mojo back a bit. Everyone was hoping and praying that I would come back and start scoring hat-trick after hat-trick, but it didn’t happen.
“But I believe I’m getting there and I can’t wait to see Villa play this weekend and score.”
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveals common ‘misconception’ about ‘calm’ Duncan Ferguson
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