What a fantastic day to be an Evertonian it was on Saturday as Duncan Ferguson led the Toffees to a triumphant 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park.
The entire day was a throwback to better times and the nostalgia and euphoria after the folk legend had steered this disappointing Everton side to an unlikely win has been fantastic.
Ferguson is everything Everton fans love about the club. He’s humble, relatable, imposing, proud and sentimental. No wonder there is already talk of him becoming the permanent manager.
Hopefully, however, that will not be the case.
Not because he would not be up to the task. Big Dunc could be perfect for the role. However, this was such an idyllic day in the life of an Everton fan you almost want it to be preserved. Keep it like it is. The day Duncan Ferguson grunted his way to a win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Football is an ugly and cynical sport. If Ferguson gets the job permanently, it won’t be long until things start to go south and sentiment will fly out the window. Just look at how negative the idea of David Moyes’ return has been received. Once a Goodison legend, now a managerial leper not allowed inside the Goodison enclave.
Nobody wants to see Ferguson eventually whittled down to a scapegoat and in this sport, that is near-inevitable.
Some of the best TV shows in history were short-lived, shifting off our screens before they jump the shark and the fans start to resent their presence.
Hopefully, Ferguson’s caretaker reign will follow that plot. Perfect as it is, but short and sweet.