London. He has only spent ten days in unemployment before returning to England: dismissed by Naples, Carlo Ancelotti signed a four-and-a-half year contract to return to practice as a coach at Everton and get him out of the low zone of the classification.
After being forced to take off the blue Neapolitan blue shirt, the ‘Mister’ is sheathed the Everton, a darker blue. His goal is clear: to make the other Liverpool club ambitious, climb from his current disappointing 16th place to a more honorable position.
The arrival of the Italian on the banks of the Mersey has surprised a lot. Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris SG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Naples: Ancelotti had only known so far the excellence of the big clubs. At 60 he risks at Everton to stain his golden curriculum, which includes three Champions Leagues – two with Milan (2003, 2007), one with Madrid (2014) – and four leagues.
“It’s a great club with a rich history and very passionate fans. The owner and the board of directors have a clear vision to ensure success and titles,” Ancelotti said in a statement on the club’s website.
The Italian returns to a country that already conquered the controls of Chelsea (2009-2011), with a double Premier League-Cup of England in 2010 thanks to the legends Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba (29 league goals).
But these ‘Blues’ do not have any of the best players in the world. A template at the height of a club that this season does not dispute European competition and that is eleven points away from Chelsea, (4), in the last place that gives access to the ‘Champions’, and eight from Tottenham, (5 ), in Europa League positions.
– Until 2024 –
Emblem of the Champions League, Ancelotti can no longer play it this season. Since its inception on the bench of Parma in 1996 he has played 17 times in the last 21 campaigns, including the current one, where he put Naples in the round of 16 on the same day he was fired on December 10.
The Emilia Romagna born in Naples paid a bad start in Serie A, where he marches in eighth position to 14 points of the top 4.
Former player of AS Roma and AC Milan, two-time champion of the Champions League as a midfielder with the ‘rossoneri’ (1989, 1990), Ancelotti was replaced in the table of southern Italy by Gennaro Gattuso, world champion in 2006 with the national team Italian
Ancelotti, who signed until 2024, attended as a spectator this Saturday the duel against Arsenal (0-0), which also has a new coach: the Spanish Mikel Arteta. Everton was led this Saturday for the last time by interim Duncan Ferguson, who assumed the reins of the team after the dismissal on December 5 of Portuguese Marco Silva.
The Italian will officially take office on Sunday, before his first game, on December 26 against Burnley. A true blow of the Everton effect, which beautifully exemplifies the club’s motto: “Nil satisfa nisi optimum”, only the best is enough.
“He is one of the best coaches in world football and a confirmed winner, who has achieved an extraordinary level of success in each of the great European championships,” Marcel Brands, director of football for the ‘Toffees’, praised in the statement.