In Carlo Ancelotti, Everton hired one of the world’s leading managers to succeed the sacked Marco Silva and 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, 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 left a competition in which Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger, Harry Redknapp, Kenny Dalglish and Roberto Mancini represented his leading managerial rivals, he returns 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.
“He is the perfect appointment for us,” said Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands. The Italian has so far inspired an improvement in results from what remains an unbalanced squad; after the departures, in relatively quick succession, of predecessors Roberto Martínez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and Silva, Everton desperately need Ancelotti to succeed.