Beattie begs Ferguson to stay
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton star James Beattie has begged Duncan Ferguson not to hang up his boots.Everton star James Beattie has begged Duncan Ferguson not to hang up his boots.
The veteran forward is considering bringing his Toffees career to an end this month because he feels he can no longer contribute as much as he would like, but Beattie believes he is still a key player.
Ferguson was influential in the 3-1 victory over Charlton on Monday, and his fellow striker is hopeful that the encouraging display will persuade him to stay at the club.
"Duncan's his own man, and will make his own decision," Beattie acknowledged.
"But he was captain against Charlton and produced a great performance. At half time he was giving the team talk before the gaffer came in.
"That's the respect he has at this club. He can definitely still play a part in the second half of the season
"Duncan has had a tremendous career and is a legend here. He's been that at every club he's played for.
"We wouldn't want to see him call it a day. We will be trying to persuade him in every way we can."
Manager David Moyes is also desperate to keep the 34-year-old at Goodison Park, and revealed that the situation should be resolved soon.
"We'll talk over the next few days. Duncan will know himself where he's at," he commented.