EVERTON STUNNED: Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton and returned to former club Real Madrid after less than two years on Merseyside.
Ancelotti has agreed terms to become the new Real Madrid manager after Zinedine Zidane left the Spanish giants meaning Everton will be looking for a new coach.
The 61 year-old Italian, who signed a deal with Everton in December 2019, previously guided Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 2014.
It was only a few weeks ago that Ancelotti was dismissing talk of him re-joining Real Madrid but the Spanish club did indeed offer him the job and Ancelotti has left Everton describing it as an ‘unexpected opportunity’ that was the ‘right move’.
In a short statement on Everton’s website he said, “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.”
In truth, it always felt like a little bit of a coup that Everton had managed to secure the services of such a decorated coach. Ancelotti had previously managed AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Chelsea as well as Real Madrid and is one of only 3 managers to have won the Champions League on three separate occasions.
He joined Everton from Napoli halfway through the 2019/20 season and was able to provide some stability. In the summer transfer window, he then signed Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez to provide some star quality in midfield. Everton started this season very strongly but some key injuries and poor home form meant they were only able to finish 10th.
Ancelotti has three years left on his deal so there would be some significant compensation heading Everton's way should the deal go through but it would be a stinging blow to a club who had seen the signs of some significant progression during his 18 months in charge.
The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ben Godfrey have benefitted immensely from his coaching and finding a suitable replacement will be tricky. But for the Everton board, it's looking like a necessity with Ancelotti set to leave Everton and return to Real Madrid.
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