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Carlo Ancelotti may be the winner Everton needs

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Dec 2019

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There seems to be a widespread dislike of Everton in the British mainstream media. I am not sure if it is because the Blues are attempting to upset ‘the Sky six’, but it is starting to become ridiculous.

Everton are on the verge of appointing Italian coaching great Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach. Instead of the Blues receiving praise for their ambition, it seems they are being derided for showing ambition.

Not Ancelotti’s usual club

Even as a self-confessed Everton fan, I know we are not in the same league as the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich or PSG (when it comes to current position anyway). However, Everton are not a small club either. In fact, only three clubs have won the English top-flight title more times than the Toffees.

That is the thing, we have the history and the financial backing of Farhad Moshiri. All the club needs is the right man in charge of the team. So, yes, we are not in the Champions League, yes, we have not won the European Cup (sore point), but the club have obviously convinced Ancelotti that we can aim high in the future.

The 60-year-old would not just be coming to Everton for his reportedly massive pay packet. He could easily retire on his career earnings. Maybe the Italian fancied a challenge and Everton offered him the right conditions.

Finally appointing a winner

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is wildly ambitious. He has backed previous coaches to the hilt. He put his faith in those bosses and more recently director of football Marcel Brands top deliver results. The sad truth is that all the recent Everton bosses have been ones with potential, rather than real winning pedigree.

The likes of Ronald Koeman and most recently Marco Silva have won very little in their careers. They may have won a few trophies in foreign leagues, but there is not a great record of consistently winning trophies.

Until his time at former club Napoli, Ancelotti was a serial winner of trophies. The job in Naples was an impossible one really. He was expected to overthrow perennial league champions Juventus. However, he wasn’t exactly given a massive budget to do so. Then there was trouble with the Napoli hierarchy.

At most clubs, granted mostly massive ones, Ancelotti has delivered silverware/and or success. The Italian is amongst the most successful coaches of his generation. The expected move to Merseyside is seen by many as Ancelotti’s career is on a downward spiral. Maybe that is just the mainstream media’s bias again.

Ancelotti was the best coach Everton could get

The talk of Ancelotti being wrong for Everton and why would Ancelotti move to Everton is frustrating. Why wouldn’t the Blues go for the best available boss and the Italian is the best around. He is certainly an upgrade on the likes of David Moyes and Vitor Pereira.

Ancelotti’s appointment will only improve Everton’s fortunes. The Italian must believe he can improve the Toffees situation or he would not have agreed to take the job. His first task will be to move them away from the relegation zone.

Everton are still odds of 6/5 for a top-ten finish this season. That would likely be acceptable considering the start the Toffees made to the season. Ancelotti would then be able to rebuild the squad next summer.

While it may look like a strange pairing, Carlo Ancelotti may just be the winner that Everton have needed all along to return to the glory days.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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