Duncan Ferguson discusses his Everton disciplinary record

Everton fan favourite Duncan Ferguson has defended his disciplinary record with the Goodison Park club.

Duncan Ferguson, who has been speaking to the Liverpool Echo, may have attracted his fair share of trouble during his time as a player with Everton but he was never the instigator.

That is according to the Goodison Park favourite, who defended himself against any suggestion that he was a disruptive influence during his time as a Toffees player.

Now a coach with the club, the 43-year-old conducted a frank and fascinating interview with the Liverpool Echo this week, with seemingly no topic off the table.

One particular area of interest was Ferguson’s reputation as something of a hard man and troublemaker on the pitch.

Having picked up eight red cards during his time in the Premier League – the same number as Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira - it’s fair to say the Scot has been involved in his fair share of scrapes.

There was the infamous clash involving then Leicester City midfielder Steffen Freund.

Meanwhile, another confrontation with Wigan Athletic pair Paul Scharner and Pascal Chimbonda resulted in a seven-game ban.

But despite these, and many incidents besides, Ferguson used the Liverpool Echo interview to offer a riposte to such suggestions: "Hand on heart, I never started anything, never once. That’s the truth. I finished a few.”

Whether this is correct remains open to debate, but one thing that cannot be denied is Ferguson’s status as an Everton legend.

In some 230 league appearances for the Toffees, the target man managed a solid 72 goals and could yet have a spell as manager of the club ahead of him.

Having already started his coaching career, stranger things have happened.

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