In Carlo Ancelotti, Everton hired one of the world’s leading managers to oversee the pursuit of Champions League football that they have long wanted but failed to secure. The decorated Italian had recently left his position at Napoli when he returned to English football in December 2019, having left Chelsea in May 2011. During that time outside of the Premier League he also managed Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Where he once left a competition in which Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger, Harry Redknapp, Kenny Dalglish and Roberto Mancini represented his leading managerial rivals, he returned to one in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mikel Arteta, Jürgen Klopp, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have taken their places. One of his former players, Frank Lampard, has also since become one of his successors at Stamford Bridge. “In the short amount of time that the manager has been there he’s been able to put his philosophy into the club already,” said Theo Walcott, who also played under Wenger, Sven Göran-Eriksson and Fabio Capello, upon his departure on loan from Everton to Southampton. “There’s no shying away from it. (They’re) playing very attractive football so it’s very exciting for the future.”