Duncan Ferguson has quit his coaching role at Everton.
The Toffees legend - who enjoyed two caretaker spells at Goodison Park - wants to pursue his managerial ambition.
Speaking to the club's website, Ferguson said: "It's been a massive decision for me.
"An incredibly difficult one but I need to move on, to take that next step in my career and look for that new challenge.
"Being a caretaker manager has given me confidence to step into management.
"The club has been fantastic with me. They've supported me all the way through my journey.
"You've got the Chairman (Bill Kenwright) who has supported me as a player and as a coach. He's been amazing with me, so I would like to thank him.
"And then there's people like our CEO Denise [Barrett-Baxendale] who has been fantastic.
"It really is a caring club with some proper people in it. They're massive Evertonians.
"And, of course, there's the fans. They've been incredible to me since I came in '94. We've got a strong bond.
"The relationship we've had over the years has been special. They know how much they mean to me. I'll always love them."