Claiming that Duncan Ferguson is an impassioned fired-up fervent Everton club servant may well be an understatement.

Now serving as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti, the former Toffees striker scored 68 goals in 258 appearances across two spells at Goodison Park and has garnered a reputation as something of a firebrand.

However, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate have poured cold water on the notion that Ferguson’s coaching and presence instils fear.

Having been red-carded eight times in his career, often a favourite bet at, one may be forgiven for superficially viewing his fired-up touchline displays as evidence of his temper, but the two Everton defenders have revealed a new side to their assistant manager.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE, the duo revealed what the former Toffees marksman is really like. Godfrey explained:

I’ve only had one kiss off him and that was this weekend – I’ll accept it, it was a big day [Merseyside derby win].

He is mad, I don’t know how to describe him. How he was as a player, is how he is now. He’s just 100mph at everything – whether it’s a passing drill or he’s saying hello to you in the morning.

It’s just like, everything he does is massive! But he’s a good character to have around and he expects high standards. So, not only is he a good guy but he makes sure things are right on the pitch – he’s a good coach.

The boss is chill, relaxed but Dunc would scream at you if something isn’t right – his head will go a little bit. You need that balance though, he’s good to have around.

I’d never met him before I came to Everton so I didn’t know what he was like, but I have a lot of time for him.

Holgate corroborated his team-mate’s claims about Ferguson, saying:

For me, he has been massive. There’s been points when I was younger at Everton where I couldn’t see a way through.

He’d always have time and speak to you, try to look out for you and the young lads. He’s backed us many times, he’s backed me and I’m sure Dom will say the same – Tom as well. He’s shown a lot of faith in us.

We’ve known him since we were younger and to see him coming through with us is good. But I don’t think he is as angry and scary as people think!

From the outside looking in, I can understand why you’d see it but he’s so nice and calm.

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Far form a loose cannon, it is reassuring to hear the serious side to Ferguson’s work.

He has played a clear role in assisting Ancelotti’s decision-making and seems to serve as an excellent foil to the Italian.

His inter-personal skills only add further awe to his affable yet exuberant personality.