Two of the most popular teams in the English Premier League have announced new managers over the past few days. Everton have hired Carlo Ancelotti to take control of the side over Marco Silva, while Arsenal have announced Mikel Arteta after sacking Unai Emery. Both will replace interim manager Duncan Ferguson and Fredrik Ljungberg, respectively.
But have they made the right choices in picking their new teams? Let’s find out.
Ancelotti in a completely new situation at Everton
Ancelotti must be one of the most heralded managers who remain active. The veteran Italian coach has won everything you can think of, but his previous stint at Napoli ended abruptly. Now he joins Everton on a different situation he has been in the past.
The Toffees are fighting against relegation, and Ancelotti is accustomed to managing competitive teams. But now he has the task of keeping Everton in the Premier League. For what is worth, this will be Ancelotti’s second stint in the Premier League. He previously managed Chelsea, winning both the Premier League and the FA Cup in the 2009-10 season.
One thing that could work on his favour is the fact that Everton have been underperforming. If we look at their current squad, then it’s clear Everton should be higher on the EPL standings. With names such as Jordan Pickford, Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Theo Walcott and Richarlison – just to name a few – the Merseysiders built a team that looks good enough to compete for a UEFA Europa League berth. Now it’s Ancelotti’s turn to make them play as they should.
Arteta set to face a tough managerial debut
Arteta joins Arsenal on a three-and-a-half year deal in what will be his first experience as a full-time manager. The former central midfielder had spent the past few years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City, but now he seems ready to take the next step in his developmental career as a manager. But is he making the right decision in joining Arsenal?
Let’s not forget he is joining a team that had title aspirations – or at the very least, Champions League contender status – prior to the season, but The Gunners have been a massive disappointment in this season. Neither Unai Emery nor Fredrik Ljungberg were able to make things click at the Emirates. Can Arteta, who will live his first managerial experience on his own, turn things around? It seems a difficult thing to do based on how Arsenal have been playing this season.
What if both had turned things around?
Maybe the better scenario for both managers – and teams – would have been to swap managers. Arteta wouldn’t have had much pressure at Everton and he would have been eased into the life at the Premier League, while Ancelotti would have continued in a winning team such as Arsenal. It seems that would’ve been better for all parties involved.
One thing is certain, though. Their arrivals will certainly spice things up in a Premier League season that has been filled with excitement despite not reaching its midway point yet.
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