According to the latest reports, Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a deal with Everton to take over from Marco Silva for the next four years. The deal will reportedly make the three-time Champions League winner one of the top three highest-paid managers in football.
Carlo Ancelotti spent his last moments as a Premier League manager at Goodison Park before he was sacked as Chelsea’s boss following a 0-1 defeat to Everton. Seven years later, he is back in the league to manage Everton’s talented group of players.
This move is a statement of intent from the Merseyside club as they look to claw their way out of Liverpool’s shadows.
Carlo Ancelotti’s domestic success as Chelsea manager is no secret. When he took over from Guus Hiddink in 2009, the former Milan legend went on to create a Chelsea team that was feared across Europe. The winning culture he instilled at the club won him the first ever domestic double in Chelsea’s history.
When Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool, he instilled a winning mentality that has led to Liverpool enjoying the success they’re having right now. Before Liverpool, Klopp had domestic league and Champions League acumen just like Ancelotti. The Italian has enough skill and experience to do for Everton what Klopp did for Liverpool.
It is no surprise that Ancelotti’s win percentage is the third-highest in the Premier League history, behind only Alex Ferguson in second place and Jose Mourinho at the top. Ancelotti will look to instill the same culture at Everton, something the club has craved over the years.
While his immediate task at hand will be to lift Everton out of the bottom half of the Premier League table, Ancelotti’s premier skill will come in handy for Everton in the long-term.
Having signed a four-year contract, the club hierarchy has shown tremendous vision by hiring a manager who has guided a club from each of Europe’s top five leagues to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. He is the only manager to have done so in the competition’s history.
Carlo Ancelotti wrote about how much he fell in love with London in his biography which was published in 2010. He also mentioned the fan culture and general life in the city was something he would always cherish. He said if a chance to return came, he would pounce. Well, the chance came in the form of a struggling Arsenal team, but the Italian did not take it.
This decision speaks volumes about how much Ancelotti believes in the Everton project. He snubbed a city he loved and a club with stellar history to take charge of Everton.
With Everton’s team beaming with exciting young talent like Richarlison, Digne, Sidibe and Calvert-Lewin, not only Liverpool but all top teams in the Premier League should be very worried about the new Everton about to be unleashed.
Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:40 PM UTC