Duncan Ferguson appointed as Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss; the 51-year-old replaces Billy Dodds, who was sacked just over a week ago; Ferguson is available after being dismissed by Forest Green Rovers in July, less than six months into his first permanent senior managerial role
Tuesday 26 September 2023 12:41, UK
Duncan Ferguson says Inverness Caledonian Thistle's "great ambition" is the reason he took over as manager.
The former Scotland, Everton, Dundee United, Rangers and Newcastle striker has joined the Scottish Championship's bottom club on a three-year deal.
Ferguson takes up the role after being sacked in July by Forest Green Rovers, where he won just one of his 18 matches in charge as the club finished bottom of League One.
The move to the Highlands will be his second job as manager as he replaces Billy Dodds, who was sacked just over a week ago with Inverness yet to win a league game this season.
Before making his managerial bow at Forest Green, Ferguson had two spells as interim boss at Everton, where he was also assistant manager.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for myself to be the new Caley Thistle manager," the 51-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"It is a fantastic club with great ambition. The ambition is what attracted me because I'm an ambitious coach myself.
"We are in a difficult position at the moment but we think we can turn the corner very quickly.
"I think we can improve the team. I am excited and believe we can climb up the table.
"There is nothing different from the Scottish Championship to England's League One - football is football. There are no easy jobs out there.
"This is only the second time I've been here, it is fantastic. A lovely part of the world but we're here to get results, not just look at the scenery.
"It has not quite worked out for them this season, we're on a bad run. I think we've got one point, it is not good enough but hopefully we can turn it around."
Ferguson has not worked in Scotland since he was convicted of assault following an incident during Rangers' 4-0 win over Raith Rovers in April 1994, when he headbutted defender Jock McStay.
He was already on probation after an incident in a bar in Anstruther, while with Dundee United, and was consequently handed a three-month custodial sentence, ultimately spending 44 days in Barlinnie Prison.
The Scottish FA also handed Ferguson a 12-match ban, after which he called time on his international career following seven appearances.
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