When Real Madrid comes knocking Carlo Ancelotti comes rushing to answer. Everton are now without a manager following the termination of his contract with the Premier League club.
It took less than 24 hours for Everton to lose their most important asset in Carlo Ancelotti. No more than a week ago Zinedine Zidane announced he will be leaving Real Madrid as the manager for the second time in four years.
Zinedine Zidane has penned an open letter to Real Madrid fans explaining his departure from the club.
The 48-year-old’s letter, which was published in Madrid-based newspaper AS, refuted claims he was “tired of coaching” with Zidane instead saying he is leaving Real as manager for the second time because he feels “the club no longer has faith” in him and he does not have “the support to build something in the medium or long term”. (Via: theathletic.com)
Once news broke that the Frenchman and Champions League king had resigned, the questions begun of who will Los Blancos bring in to fill the void left by Zizou.
It was first believed that one of Massimiliano Allegri or Antonio Conte were being looked at – with the latter having just broken ties with Inter Milan at the end of their Serie A winning campaign.
The former, who was said to be waiting for the Bernabeu role, instead joined his old club Juventus once they sacked the underwhelming Andrea Pirlo. This left Real Madrid legendary striker Raul in the running along with Conte.
Carlo Ancelotti is now officially back at Real Madrid 🚨⚪️
– Contract signed until June 2024.
– Salary around €6m/season net.
– Pintus and Davide Ancelotti into his staff.
– Lucas Vazquez extends until 2024.
– Sergio Ramos meeting soln.
– Fee agreed to terminate #EFC contract.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2021
On Tuesday morning it all went downhill for Everton
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Early on Tuesday morning, the rumours kicked off with many outlets suggesting the La Liga club has contacted Ancelotti about a possible return.
As the day wore on, rumours turned into actions and Carlo Ancelotti’s agents were busy working on a deal to make the switch from England to Spain a reality for the Italian.
Just like that, about four to eight hours down the line, and Ancelotti was busy terminating his current deal with the Toffees.
It took Real Madrid less than a day to bait their hook, throw their line in, and catch their prized fish, the Italian barbel Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti to Everton and all the Toffees:
I would like to thank Everton FC, my players and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to manage this fantastic and historical club. I decided to leave as I have a new challenge with a team that was always in my heart, Real Madrid.
I leave taking with me all the amazing moments we have experienced together and wish the Club and fans all the best. (Via: Carlo Ancelotti)
The hunt is on for Everton to find a new manager
The Toffees have the tough task of replacing the world-class Italian. Yes, their 2020/2021 campaign was underwhelming, but the signs of improvement were there.
From the work done in both transfer windows to their on-pitch performances – the improvement was obvious to notice.
The real failure came when losing their first-choice players to injury and having little to almost no cover in important positions. They ended 10th, which is not their highest finish in the last two to three Premier League campaigns.
Everton manager candidates
- Eddie Howe – Former Bournemouth manager and without a job
- Frank Lampard – Former Chelsea boss and without a job
- Duncan Ferguson – Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Everton and was interim manager
- Nuno Espirito Santo – Former Wolves boss and without a job
- Antonio Conte – Former Inter Milan boss and without a job
A good list of names to choose from but the question is, who is willing to take on the difficult role at Goodison Park – which is a story on its own.
Another worry for Everton, what is going to happen to their star players and those with ambitions wanting to end higher than eighth or 10th place.