Everton: How good a job is Ancelotti doing?
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Carlo Ancelotti feared Everton would sack him in the spring before his departure to Real Madrid, according to reports. The Toffees enjoyed a flying start under the Italian, winning their first seven Premier League matches. But their campaign ended up fizzling out and they missed out on European football altogether.
Everton were rocked on Monday when Ancelotti sensationally quit to join Real Madrid.
The Italian had previously ruled out a departure from Goodison Park but, in a shock new development, he’s now left.
Ancelotti was popular at Everton, hired by Farhad Moshiri in December 2019 in the hope he’d bring the good times back.
But, now, the 61-year-old is theirs no more – returning to the club he won the Champions League title with seven years ago.
And the Daily Mail have now shed light on his departure, claiming Ancelotti actually feared Moshiri would sack him in the spring when results were worsening.
In the end, that didn’t happen.
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The Everton top brass made it clear to Ancelotti they believed in him and would give him backing in this summer’s transfer window, drawing up a shortlist of targets.
Yet, ultimately, the temptation to return to Real Madrid was too good to turn down.
The Italian spent two years at the Bernabeu and, in his first season, got the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale firing as they won the Champions League.
It was a huge turning point for the club, acting as a catalyst for the three European triumphs they’d later achieve under the watch of Zinedine Zidane.
And Everton will now turn their attentions to replacing a successor.
Nuno Espirito Santo is the favourite to take over, with the Portuguese recently leaving Wolves behind.
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But Antonio Conte’s name has also been mooted amid claims the Toffees are in talks with a ‘big name’ about taking the reins.
Ancelotti thanked Everton for their faith in him when speaking after confirmation of his return to Spain, saying: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the Club.
“I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”
Everton themselves said: “Everton would like to place on record its thanks to Carlo for his service to the Club over the past 18 months.
“The Club will begin the process of appointing a new manager immediately and will provide updates in due course.”
Speaking upon leaving Madrid Zidane, Ancelotti’s successor at Real Madrid – and how his predecessor too – insisted he felt he had no choice but to leave.
“I am not abandoning ship and I am not tired of coaching,” he wrote.
“I am going because I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need and doesn’t offer me the support needed to build something in the mid and long term.
“Over the last few months, I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president to have been a bit different to that of other managers.
“Last time I left because I thought the team needed a new direction; this time is different.
“I know football and I know the demands of a club like Real Madrid, I know that when you don’t win you have to go.
“But something important has been forgotten here: everything I have built day to day, what I have contributed building the relationship with the players [and] the 150 people who work around the team.
“I am a born winner and I was here to conquer trophies but beyond that there are human beings, feelings, life, and I have the impression these things have not been appreciated, that it hasn’t been understood that a great club is also sustained by those relationships.
“I fact, I have even been criticised for that.
“I want everything we did together to be respected.
“I am not asking for privileges, of course not, but a bit of memory.”
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