Duncan Ferguson has reignited the passion in Everton and I love the way he has united players and fans again.

But to haul off Moise Kean after just 18 minutes at Old Trafford last Sunday was harsh and, perhaps, portrayed his inexperience as a manager.

I have no problem with coaches who make tactical adjustments to try and alter the flow of a game.

Managers are paid to make difficult decisions and, in fairness to Ferguson, he explained the reasoning behind his thinking when he hauled Kean off against Manchester United.

But I didn’t think the lad had played that poorly.

And I was pleased to see Kean get a fuller outing against Leicester in the Carabao Cup quarter-final three days later.

At 19, and with a £24million price tag, Kean has not found the going easy in his first season in English football, and I would not want to see a young player’s confidence damaged unnecessarily.

Moise Kean was hauled off just 18 minutes after coming on

Football's nothing without the fans

Thank you to everyone who voted Six-0-Six as the Radio Show of the Year at the FSA awards.

The programme is going from strength to strength – one weekend, there were more than 800 calls to the studio – and to receive national recognition is so gratifying.

It’s a reminder that football would be nothing without the fans.

And that fans are just as entitled to an opinion as people like me who field their calls.

Liverpool hard done by in fixture chaos

Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to victory

Congratulations to Liverpool on their Club World Cup semi-final win in Qatar.

But what a nonsense that they were forced to put out a team of novices in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at Aston Villa, effectively passing up the chance to win a major trophy, 24 hours earlier.

Festive greetings

Whoever you support, wherever you spend Christmas, have a wonderful festive season.

Thank you for all your feedback – positive and otherwise – in 2019.