The Italian tactician won the Premier League with Chelsea back in 2009-10.
Everton are set to announce Carlo Ancelotti as their new permanent manager on Thursday or Friday. Accordingly, the Italian’s first game in charge will be against Arsenal who could supposedly undergo a change of managers with Mikel Arteta potentially taking over the managerial role. Although there were strong rumours of Ancelotti going to the Emirates before the Arsenal bosses were seen leaving Arteta’s house on Monday.
Everton sacked Marco Silva almost two weeks ago after a run of poor results that now sees the club languishing at the 16th spot with 18 points from 15 matches to their name.
They secured only five victories this season and naturally, the club must have expected more from Silva after having finished the previous season at the eighth position in the table. Meanwhile, they appointed Duncan Ferguson as the caretaker manager who has thus far managed to notch a draw against Manchester United and a victory against Chelsea so far.
On the other hand, Napoli had sacked Ancelotti a week ago just a few hours after the club managed to qualify for the knockouts of the UEFA Champions League. They have now hired Gennaro Gattuso as their permanent manager.
Napoli stand at the eighth spot in the Serie A as they have attained 21 points from 16 matches and have won five matches until now this season.
Sky Sports confirms that Ancelotti came up as the primary target for Everton’s chairman Bill Kenwright and their major stakeholder Farhad Moshiri after the Italian was dismissed from his job last week. The Toffees have recently emerged as an extremely ambitious club.
They also have the financial stronghold to aid their managers in the transfer market. Silva was unable to match the amount of expenditure with the results on the field and hence one could already sense some trouble surrounding him as we approached the mid-season mark.
Ancelloti has had previous experience in the Premier League as he led Chelsea to the title victory back in 2009-10. Moreover, he also won the FA Cup in his tenure with the Blues. He is an experienced old-guard with three Champions League wins and numerous league victories in different leagues.
Jamie Carragher recently presented his views on this decision. He said, “I have to take my hat off to them if Everton pull this off. The supporters have been complaining a lot about managers they’ve had in the past and why not, rather than spending a lot of money on the pitch, give them one of the real elite managers on big-money wages.
“It is wise to bring someone in who’s a real top football coach. In Ancelotti, you are getting someone who is right at the top of football. This is a man who Evertonians, if it comes off, can say has won more than Jurgen Klopp and has won Champions Leagues. It gives them something to buy into with that manager. Still, I can’t change my view that whether it was Arsenal or Everton, I’m not sure he is the man for these types of jobs.
“I think that no matter how successful Ancelotti has been in the past he’s never really had this type of job or certainly excelled in this type of role, but as I’ve said he hasn’t had it before.”