Roberto Martinez welcomes Everton legend into backroom staff

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Everton legend Duncan Ferguson is set for a fresh Goodison Park comeback after Roberto Martinez promoted him to his coaching staff.

The 42-year-old has spent the past three years honing the skills of the Toffees' promising youngsters in the under-18 setup at Finch Farm alongside fellow club icon Kevin Sheedy.

Ferguson's 67 goals combined with his hard-man persona across two spells at Everton made him a cult hero among the Goodison faithful and was tipped as a potential successor to David Moyes prior to Martinez's appointment last June.

Now, the Spaniard has elected to add the former Newcastle and Rangers man to his backroom setup, where he will join assistant manager Graeme Jones, development coach Dennis Lawrence and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara.

Everton have a long-standing reputation of enlisting the services of some of their most loyal players as they look to mold the futures of their brightest hopes. In addition to Ferguson and Sheedy, Alan Stubbs oversees the development of players at under-21 level with fellow ex-defender David Unsworth as his assistant.

One-time winger Alan Irvine has also returned to his former club, first as Moyes' assistant before rejoining in 2011 to take charge of the club's youth academy setup.

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