Everton play down Ancelotti speculation

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Everton have moved to dampen rampant speculation that Carlo Ancelotti has committed to become the club's next manager this week.

The Blues released a statement late this evening confirming that despite reports the Italian had agreed a deal to succeed Marco Silva, no firm contract offer has been made to Ancelotti or any other candidate.

Sky Sports News and their sources in Italy, had claimed earlier that Ancelotti travelled to Liverpool today and had agreed a deal in principle with the Toffees but this was countered as the day went on by other media outlets, most notably The Athletic's Adam Crafton, BBC Sport contributor Guillem Balague and the Daily Mail's Dominic King who all maintained that the 60-year-old was still in Rome and preparing for a trip to Naples and this a holiday in Canada but was tempted by the offer.

Crafton and David Anderson of The Mirror both indicated that sources close to Ancelotti were confident he would accept the offer to become Silva's replacement following a conversation with Farhad Moshiri by telephone.

Everton's statement read:

In the 11 days since Marco Silva left the club, the Everton Board have been working to recruit a new manager - and has held meetings with a number of canidates.

We can confirm that thus far no contract offer has been made and no candidate has chosen to withdraw from the process.

Everton playing coy might be due to the fact that Ancelotti's return to Naples is to finalise the details of his severance from Napoli who sacked him last week. The Serie A club elected not to keep him on gardening leave which meant that interested clubs were free to approach him without fear of paying compensation but Ancelotti still has financial details to iron out.

Regardless of the progress regarding a permanent successor to Silva, caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson will be in charge for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie with Leicester City.

The Scot has overseen a handsome win over Chelsea and a hugely creditable draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, that despite a glut of injuries, particularly in midfield.  

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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 16/12/2019 at 22:45:41
So we haven't made him an offer he can't refuse?
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 16/12/2019 at 22:47:29
Ancelotti is not my first choice, and I have reservations, but I'd feel gutted if we didn't get him now. Especially as all the Kopites and Mancs were gobsmacked when it looked like we had him! If he does come in, then he's not coming in to manage Niasse and Martina, I would expect serious investment in the first team and so it would be exciting times.
Jack Convery
3 Posted 16/12/2019 at 22:48:52
Please let this be true just for once.
Jerome Shields
4 Posted 16/12/2019 at 22:53:01
If Moshiri interviewed him, he smelt a rat.
Tony Williams
5 Posted 16/12/2019 at 22:54:14
The same post I wrote earlier. I have mixed feelings if he comes, he is 60 and at that age will he have the same passion he had when he was a younger man and also hope he won't be coming for a last big pay off.
Bill Gall
6 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:02:22
As I said on a previous post, I will not believe he has been hired until we get a photograph with the Everton scarf held high.. the only encouragement we have is were there is smoke there is fire.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:02:25
"No candidate has withdrawn". So much for the "Emery, Poch, Perreira, Brazilian bloke, Fred Flintstone, David Icke, etc has turned down Everton" as reported every single day in The Mirror and The Sun
James Marshall
8 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:03:36
Ahahaha! We're going to 'Everton' the fuck out of this one!

Everton are going to out-Everton themselves yet again!

Classic Everton this.

Sandra Williams
9 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:03:51
Surely the Everton Board are just merely waiting for the outcome of the newest ToffeeWeb Poll, to check that the majority of us want him?! Get voting people!!
Jim Wilson
10 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:05:56
Rumour has it he will keep The Dunc in charge until after the Arsenal game.
His first signings will be Barkley, Jags, McCarthy & Gueye.
He wants a better sound system at Goodison.
When there is a live game the TV company microphones have to be moved from the corner of Bullens Rd by the away supporters and placed by the Street End.
And Bill Kenwright has nothing to do with anything, especially the ground move.
How smart is that!
Christmas has come early?
Soren Moyer
11 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:07:53
At least the news got Carragher worried!!!
Tom Bowers
12 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:08:14
Sky trash news at it again. He's in, he's not in.

The man certainly has pedigree unlike the bunch we have had before but like Mourinho can he repeat in the Premier League.

It's got to be him or Jeremy Corbyn who is also available.

Jim Wilson
13 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:10:54
The trouble with Corbyn, Tom, is that the press would slate us.
Lester Yip
14 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:11:58
Let Big Dunc have the reins till the season ends. Defeating Chelsea 3-1 and then drawing with Man Utd at Old Trafford is no easy feat with the current injury-stricken squad.

Look at the defence organisation, especially the set-piece defence, it's much better now. His 'back to the basics' approach and his will to grind out a result attitude is what we need at the moment. Getting a manager in mid-season and let him buy players (eg,Tosun and Walcott) is not the best idea.

And I find it interesting to see people commenting how he's destroyed Kean. As a player, he will get embarrassed and upset for sure, but if he can't bounce back from it, he will never make it to the top anyway. It's the time of life and death. Getting points is everything. Daddy warm hugs can be waited.

Jim Potter
15 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:14:46
I don't care how old he is - it's Carlo Ancelotti.

Some people get hungrier with age as they know that time is against them.

He's only 60 for Christ sake; he's hardly pushing a Zimmer, wetting his kex and dribbling uncontrollably! That'll be me if he signs.

The man doesn't win all that silverware without being a great manager.

Silver hair, silverware? Silva where?

Bill Gall
17 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:16:12
As other supporters have mentioned. The board are going about this the correct way, keeping it quiet until there is a definite managerial signing, the rest is just, as Trump would say, Fake News with Sky Sports being the main culprits.
John Raftery
18 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:18:09
It sounds too good to be true. Would he come for the job or for the money? When was the last time he took over a club in the lower half of the league and lifted it to the top four or six? How hungry is he? Does he have the appetite for a relegation battle? Notwithstanding the improved results and performances in the last two games, a relegation battle is what we still face. How will he cope managing a group comprising talents somewhat inferior to the level at which he has managed previously?

James Marshall
19 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:18:36
I would heartily encourage all Evertonians with a sense of humour to look up 'Carlo Ancelotti' on Twitter right now. There's some gold on there tonight about this - hahahaha!
Tony Twist
20 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:22:11
Bloody get on with it! This club is an absolute shambles.
Kase Chow
21 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:23:10
Just a quick one – if Carlos A comes to us, it isn't for the money,

My guess is he has plenty and, wherever his next job is, he'll be paid plenty more.

Brent Stephens
22 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:28:26
"Speke airport, Carlo".
"Yes, I can speak "Airport"".
No, Carlo. You get to Speke Airport".
"Yes, I always get to speak. Man in charge. I can say "airport" - see".
"No, Carlo. Airport - capital A".
"Capital, eh! Everton is in the capital! Suits me down to the ground, as you say. Love London".
"Carlo, Speke Airport is South Liverpool".
"Liverpool goes that far south? To London? Capital, as you English say. I'm good at the "ringo", yes".
"No, Carlo. You mean lingo. Ringo was one of The Beatles. Band from Liverpool".
"Banned from Liverpool? What did he do? Teeth not big enough?"
"Carlo, just get on the train and get off at Edge Hill".
"Ah. Get off at Edge Hill. You want me to "pull out"?
"No we still... ah fuck off".

Soren Moyer
23 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:31:21
Now, according to a report at 10 pm GMT, even his wages been agreed. Quote: "Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, who has been reporting the interest from a number of Serie A sides in Moise Kean, added that the new manager's wages have been revealed, and that it'll be €4,5M (١.75M) a year, an increase from the ١ million that Marco Silva was getting." End quote.
Brian Wilkinson
24 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:31:30
Need it sorted before Arsenal come sniffing after being knocked back by Arteta.
Jay Harris
25 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:46:23
Not only is he one of the most successful managers of his time but also a highly decorated player and a real winner.

Those questioning his ability probably thought Silva was the dogs bollocks at one time.

Just think of the players who will be in awe of him instead of taking the piss.

Him and Dunc's little team backed by a defensive coach and some top signings in January will be just the tonic we need as a club. Get that planning application in, Moshiri. I can feel the good times coming.

James Stewart
26 Posted 16/12/2019 at 23:50:15
Pretty weird statement.

Just get it done for once!

Phil Malone Jnr
27 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:08:37
Get him in. I would still have Moyes If all fails. Massive fan of Ancelotti but I can see this going tits-up.
Phil Malone Jnr
28 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:11:10
Btw, Graham Potter at Brighton is doing a job. Not sure I'd have him, but they looked class tonight
Laurie Hartley
29 Posted 16/12/2019 at 00:16:26
My interpretation of the statement -

They are going to appoint a new manager.
They have a short list of at least two but probably three.
They have interviewed each candidate telling them what the expectation is, the plans for the future, the structure of the club, the pay.
All the candidates are interested because none of them have said they don't want it.
They haven't written any of the candidates off.
They are waiting for a response from each candidate but have probably decided on a favourite.
They are waiting for each candidate to get back to them.
When they get all the responses in they will offer a formal contract.

I hope it results in Carlo Ancelotti being appointed.

1061 games - 628 wins - 2 goals a game average. That will do me. For full details have a look at his website


That form will get us into Bramley-Moore Dock over the next 3 years.

Frank McGregor
30 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:38:28
Jim Potter @15 How do you know he is not wetting his "kex" or dribbling!!.
I heard he had a chair lift installed at the stairs in his house.

It would be my guess that Brands would not be happy with appointment due to the age factor. My guess is he would prefer someone around 40 to 45 years of age

Dano Holcomb
31 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:40:05
It would be better to just have nothing reported 'til it's all sorted. Then we wouldn't get our undies all upside down (only to be disappointed with another manager tease / fail).

I've also heard rumours that Ibrahimovic would be interested in a short deal in January to link back up with Carlo. That would be crazy talk.

I would believe that if the Italian did somehow sign on the dotted line, there would be plenty of top players willing / wanting to play for him.

Bob Parrington
32 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:43:47
Wrote this previously on another thread so glad to note that the club has at last made a statement.

The club must have a person in charge of PR and the board members and management should be aware of the concern of the public ie supporters with yet another change whilst in a precarious league position.

It would be unexpected that they would come out with a comment from the board that they are running around like headless chucks trying to find a "body" to accept the unpopular job role. However, perhaps it would not be out of order for the club to issue a calm, understanding PR statement that the club is reviewing the management contenders and is targeting "X" date to make the appointment.

John Pierce
33 Posted 17/12/2019 at 01:01:35
Just when you think the club has got it's hot together. good old Everton.

The statement says nothing and does nothing. Why say anything at all?

Everton are Dons of bad PR. I'm mean they must employ a YTS to do this for them.

Tony Twist
34 Posted 17/12/2019 at 01:08:35
The club is a dinosaur, slow and ponderous. I bet the candidates are no marks with Ancelotti being the only one of note and that was only because he has just become available.

My concern is whether this will be Brands's decision or not and whether big Dunc will be rewarded with a more prominent role.

Brian Cleveland
35 Posted 17/12/2019 at 01:17:59
He's coming, it's just that the board are still drawing lots for who has to tell Dunc!
Ernie Baywood
36 Posted 17/12/2019 at 01:45:59
I'm assuming this statement is just to keep the other options in the mix while we get Ancelotti signed up.

Or to allow him to conclude whatever settlement he's getting from Napoli.

Huge statement if he comes. Champions League winner, multiple title winner, including in England. There couldn't be an available manager with a better CV.

Brian Wilkinson
37 Posted 17/12/2019 at 02:15:32
Could be that Moshi has tipped Jim White off and then back tracked as the news has been leaked.

Not wanting it to go pearshaped at the last moment, personally I would say this as good as a done deal, unless someone comes in and gazumps us.

Andrew Dempsey
38 Posted 17/12/2019 at 02:30:30
He's coming for the money, and he'll get it either way; success or failure, both outcomes work for him and his agents.

It's a piss poor appointment, he will fail miserably, and it won't really bother hm; his CV is good enough to get another job after this.

Simon Bradley
39 Posted 17/12/2019 at 03:31:27
Andrew #38. A piss poor appointment? Your having a laugh aren't you? Come on then tell us, who WOULD be a good appointment?

Unbelievable it is to me, that some would prefer Big Dunc. Moyes or Arteta over Ancelotti. Just unbelievable.

Mick Davies
40 Posted 17/12/2019 at 04:17:27
Phil @ 27 "Would still have Moyes If all fails" What!!! I can't believe that a blue would say this after the last week :-(
Alan J Thompson
41 Posted 17/12/2019 at 04:28:50
It is reported that Everton have released a statement saying that they have spoken to several people and there are a couple more they are still to speak to and that nobody has been ruled out and nobody has withdrawn from the process.

I didn't expect them to say much more and certainly not name anyone especially as nobody has accepted or the pecking order finalized. I just wonder if it all goes out of the window should Big Dunc win a couple of games between now and Christmas and Ancelotti takes his booked holiday in sunny Canada.

Derek Thomas
42 Posted 17/12/2019 at 05:07:11
When I see him at USM Finch Farm standing in front of the big blue badge thingy...that said.

Ferguson, Arteta, Moyes, Ancelotti; nobody ticks all of the boxes all of the time. He's most likely the best available, but it's always a gamble.

He's supposed to be off to Canada for Christmas, so I might get my wish to see Ferguson see off Liverpool at Anfield – then hand over.

With The County Road Casuals, you never can tell, there's always more ticks in the question box than the answer box.

As Mr Zimmerman states:

Come writers and critics
Who prophesies with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again,
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin,
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'. - (for the 5th time?)

Rahman Talib
43 Posted 17/12/2019 at 06:39:04
Did anyone see the Gosling goal at Stamford Bridge?

Maybe we can hire Michael Branch as our new accountant?

Drew O'Neall
44 Posted 17/12/2019 at 06:42:34
Agreement in principle = I would work for that ridiculous amount of money but would rather do so for Arsenal than you.
Rahman Talib
45 Posted 17/12/2019 at 06:49:07
I somehow think we need an English manager. One that is pro Brexit and hates the EU.

Or David Moyes.

Rahman Talib
46 Posted 17/12/2019 at 06:52:48
Carlo Ancelotti is here for the money and probably this is his last gig as a manager.

He wants to get paid and he doesn't give a rat's ass about Everton.

Better keep Big Dunc or hire David Moyes.

Or even better, hire Jeremy Corbyn as the Merseyside is Labor's last bastion in the UK.

For my money, Ancelloti will stink like a two months old bread.

Mark Pridgeon
47 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:05:20
Will we never learn??? I can only hope this is press speculation!!!
Bob Parrington
48 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:38:28
Rahman@46 - Are you taking the piss or what? Ancelotti could just about take his pick of most teams for his last gig.

He's a proven winner who is still quite young as a leading manager.

I'd like Duncan to have an up-front, touch line role working under the great Ancelotti for a couple or three seasons before taking the reigns.

Derek Knox
49 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:39:16
He either is going to join us or not, why not just make a statement, rather than wait for a few days. Unless he has other interviews and will let us know his choice later.

Hope this has not had any negative impact, on Duncan and his preparations for Wednesday's Cup game.

Gary Willock
50 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:40:42
This place is hard work sometimes. There's people moaning about us not releasing a statement, and then people moaning when we do. but can't believe there are people moaning about Ancelotti!

Can just see them now:

- Guardiola linked with Everton.
- “Nah, he lost the league to liverpool and he's won too much now so won't be hungry”

Utter madness. He is a WINNER, and he will attract good players.

Whoever it is, judge after a season and get behind them for once.

Ray Roche
51 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:47:56
A couple of thoughts, he doesn't need the money, he's minted already. Consequently maybe his reputation means more to him in this instance than an extra half a million. He's a football man. Maybe the challenge and implementation of a project appeal to him. Maybe the regeneration of Everton and the whole BMD thing also appeal. He could possibly want to leave his mark and be remembered as the manager who lifted Everton back onto their rightful pedestal.No one on here knows the man or how he thinks. Let's stop second guessing and stating “facts” and calm down and wait and see.
Denis Richardson
52 Posted 17/12/2019 at 07:59:06
Exciting times but let's beat Leicester tomorrow and keep the roll going.

Beat Chelsea, Leicester and Arse in back to back home wins - how's that for an early Xmas?

Marc Hints
53 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:06:56
BREAKING NEWS ON SKY: he is to be confirmed on Thursday or Friday as manager
Denis Richardson
54 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:08:52
Fook me Marc - if that's true Brands and Moshiri have played a blinder.

People going on about his age need to take a reality check - this is Ancelloti!

Hardly gets much better in terms of football management.


Steve Ferns
55 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:09:47
So there we are then. Just wait on the club now.
Marc Hints
56 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:10:24
Agree Denis I think this is a real coup and he wil know about some quality players as well out there
Steve Shave
57 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:14:55
Whilst I have strongly advocated for Mikel (I promise to let it go now) how can we not be excited about this? A winner! I wonder if they will be negotiating for the big man to be his No 2 with a view to taking over once his contract expires (if only for an Everton manager who can see out his contract!)?
Joe Corgan
58 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:15:14
Whether or not you think Ancelotti is the "right man" you have to admit, this would be one hell of a statement of intent.
Ray Roche
59 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:18:58
Marc, not what the BBC are saying.
Marc Hints
60 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:20:32
Ray is that the Phil McNulty post on BBC? If so that was 9 hours ago. The Sky Sports report came in literally about 20 mins ago
Joe McMahon
61 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:20:50
I keep reading people complaining hes 60. Moyes and Mourinho are both 56, so not much difference. I hope the grand unveiling is not Moyes or Unsworth. I'm fed up with supporting a laughing stock club. Moshiri for once just get the right appointment.
Trevor Peers
62 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:31:05
We should judge Ancelotti on results just like all managers, raving about his reputation is fine, but he has a hell of a job on his hands, in an unfamiliar situation.

I wonder how much money he has been promised on transfer fees, I hope his priority is to buy a top class striker in January, that would go some way to winning over the fans.

Colin Glassar
63 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:32:56
Completely agree Joe. Some of the comments on here are borderline insane, or worse.
Chris Mason
64 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:41:53
Yep - lots of negativity and some claiming he'll only come for the money.

Honestly, I don't think money is an issue for either him, his team of coaches, or our club. This would be more about the relationship between Moshiri, Brands and the new coach. I think this appointment is more about how the three can start carving out sense from a lopsided squad and a team out of form.

In which case I'd rather that coach be a serial winner.

Bill Fairfield
65 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:48:04
Hope we get Carlo but will probably end up with Alan Pardew with this board
Ernie Baywood
66 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:58:37
Of course he'll be coming for the money. Why do the rest of you work?

I couldn't give a flying farthing what reaason he comes for. As long as he succeeds. His CV says he has a better chance then most. I hope a load of top players come for the money too. If we make this signing I'm assuming that the chequebook is still open.

Beats spending a small fortune on crap.

Shane Corcoran
67 Posted 17/12/2019 at 08:59:19
I'm glad the board have gone for someone of his pedigree, if it's true.

However, I think I agree with Carragher. Is Ancelotti the type of manager that comes into a club trying to get from 15th to 6th? Maybe he is but I don't think it's a role he's familiar with, at least not in the second half of his career.

Steve Brown
68 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:02:20
As a player and manager, the man has personally won more than we have as a club! This appointment would be massive for Everton. Pray we don't screw it up.

Mark @ 47, I think we might be finally learning.. not to make crap management hires like Silva, Allardyce, Koeman, Martinez and Moyes. Combine the trophies that lot have won combined as compared to Carlo. As for being too old, let's not even go there.

Howard Don
69 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:03:50
Agree Trevor 62, it's not an Ancelotti type situation for me, desperately hoping I'm wrong.
Gary Carter
70 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:04:07
Cracks me up all these people saying Ancelotti is a poor appointment, he lacks the appetite, he's too old . they are probably the exact same people that thought Silva and Martinez were great appointments and are now championing the likes of Howe, Potter and Arteta !!

Ancelotti is a born winner both as a player and coach, he's only 60 years old and he is unarguably one of the best managers around, it would be nothing short of amazing if we get him. His teams are exciting to watch, solid defensively, he has fluidity in systems and formations not sticking with one no matter what, his players love him and run through brick walls for him, he's managed in England before and very successfully, I actually don't know what more we could ask for I really don't.
Nothing guarantees success in the premier league but signing the best staff and players available to you gives you the best chance of it.
Sometimes I despair at our supporters when I read some of the thoughtless negativity on here

Dermot O'Brien
71 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:12:44
Brent #22, that cheered me up no end. Haha.
Steve Brown
72 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:14:05
Rahman @ 46, "for my money, Ancelloti will stink like a two months old bread." And for most Everton fans, Moyes stinks like a steaming turd from an old mongrel with incontinence. :)
Derek Knox
73 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:15:30
Gary @ 70, good post and valid observations, can't possibly see any negativity in this, IF it comes off, but I sincerely hope that Duncan is his first team coach.

Many pouring water and scorn on this news, Carragher is seething on SSN saying he doesn't believe that Ancelotti is necessarily a good fit.

No! He's crapping himself that we may start to experience success, and become a serious challenger once again. What a bitter and twisted person he is, and a first class gobshite into the bargain. Should have been sacked over the spitting incident, shows how decadent Sky is, having dual standards.

Eddie Dunn
74 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:20:37
Ancelotti is one of the top 5 managers in world football, a man who has won it all as a player and manager.
If we were able to land him it would send out a message to all the folk taking the piss out of us for considering Moyes.
There are no certainties and it could go badly, but he knows all of the tricks of the trade and would have instant respect from the players and would be an attraction in himself for future signings.
Of course he could do the job for a year or 18 months and trot off to one of the big boys.
I love Dunc but once the bubble bursts some of those slagging off Carlo on here, will be rubbishing Ferguson.
Duncan is doing fine for now so the club are in the position to do what they are doing, taking time to get the best candidate. If it doesn't happen we can go on with Duncan, even to the end of the season.
John Keating
75 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:26:04
Have to laugh people having a go at Ancelotti
This guy has forgotten more than Martinez, Koeman and Silva put together will ever know!!

A fee on here were all for Silva and a couple of others because they'd won the Albanian league twice with Shite Utd, the Greek league and the Cup with Porto
Look at Ancelottis career

All we need now is for big Usmanov to commit

Leave big Dunc in place for a couple of weeks and let Ancelotti have his two week holiday at Butlins

Brian Williams
76 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:26:25
That's the same shower of shite who said he'd already signed!

Wouldn't believe a word Sky say. They just want to be the first and they've cocked up royally on this already!

Chris Williams
77 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:31:57
All the repeated overheated speculation on Sky has nothing to do with Skybet I suppose.
James Marshall
78 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:34:59
Anyone on here who doesn't want Ancelotti as manager of Everton needs their head read. This would be a real coup for a club like ours. A major step in the right direction.
Jimmy Hogan
79 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:41:33
I'm just looking forward to the Leicester game.
Kim Vivian
80 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:48:27
If it wasn't a distinct possibility I think the club would have squashed it by now.
I would bloody love this to happen and for CA to continue Dunc's metamorphic impact, but somehow I don't think it will happen.
Stan Schofield
81 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:48:44
Ancelotti would be coming to a club that is habitually the 'best of the rest', usually finishing around 7th or 8th. But the new signings we've had this season and last season mean our squad quality is now aimed at getting within regular top-6 finishes.

In other words, regular top-6 finishes should be readily achievable if the team is well organised and motivated. Add a couple more pivotal signings to give strength-in-depth, and there's no reason why we shouldn't be competing at the top.

This is the background Ancelloti would be coming to, not the background of a lower midtable club as some people in the media have implied. Our current position in the league is not representative overall.

In this respect, a top manager like Ancelloti is an ideal fit for Everton if we are genuinely aiming to really compete at the top immediately or very soon.

That's probably precisely why certain people in the media are 'protesting' about the idea, because they know there's a very good chance of us starting to compete at the top.

Brian Williams
82 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:51:29


Rahman Talib
83 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:56:32
Steve Brown #72

Moyes not comin' to Everton after all.

The people in West Ham is on their hands and knees begging for forgiveness trying to get Moyes back into their fold.

They realized how dumb they were for hiring a low down Italian as their Manager.

Apparently the dude can only work magic if he has unlimited transfer funds as opposed to Moyes who can get the same result but with no money.

So you can kiss Moyes goodbye cause we had the chance and we blew it

Rob Young
84 Posted 17/12/2019 at 09:57:31
Ancelotti & Usmanov.
we can dream.
Brian Harrison
85 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:09:43
Seems the club have at last issued a statement which claims they have spoken to a few candidates and no offer has been made, they also say nobody has dropped out. I guess they saw the SSN headlines and the fan base getting very excited with the possibility of getting Ancelotti and thought we best release a statement to say nobody has been offered the job. So after speaking to prospective new managers they are still no nearer making an appointment.

I just wonder if Duncan hadnt produced 4 points from 2 very tough games would they still be taking their time, I think not. What if still no new manager is here by the weekend and the team wins both matches against Leicester and Arsenal, do we still keep looking or does Duncan get it till the end of the season. Then if that happens what imput will he have regarding player purchases in Jan.

Max Meindl
86 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:14:50
Wow, I think Carlo would be an absolute win, but only if we specifically get Fergusson as Assistant, and I would also love the get Cahill in as a coach. I think we need to get the club back to Everton Way with quality players.

Guys like Cahill and Fergusson will help to get that DNA back into the club, but Carlo is a great man manager.

Kevin Molloy
87 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:16:30
Steve McLaren (on sky, now talking about Everton, I can't unsee it.
'you just think Klopp, and Liverpool, yes, it's a perfect match, they fit. But Ancelotti, Bayern, Real Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Everton? Everton, working class committed, but. '
and then he drifts off into fug, dead air
He still has traces of the Dutch accent he adopted for that ill starred tenure at Magic Eight or wherever the fuck it was
Brian Harrison
88 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:17:06

Pellegrini is Chilean not Italian.

Jimmy Hogan
89 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:17:45
Dunno, it has the look and feel of a conspiracy theory website...
Tony Everan
90 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:22:17
Ancelotti is a class act, always oozes control and has an aura and stature about him. He is a man the players will respect and respond to. He will know what is required and will fill in the blanks to get us up to his high standard.

Everton will be a challenge for him, but if he takes it is hugely encouraging that he can see our potential and that someone of his calibre can confidently see a path to it being realised.

Chris Mason
91 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:22:58
It's a done deal bar Napoli forgoing what they'll pay him


Max Meindl
92 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:25:12
Tony Everan - I really agree with you. As long as there is a long term plan to groom someone like Ferguson for when he leaves.

Imagine the experience Ferguson would gain 2 years under Carlo. Kinda like how much experience Arteta must be gaining.

Martin Faulkner
93 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:25:35
Rahman, Pellgrini is Chilean mate.
Were you asleep for the last 3 years of Moyes at Everton??
Jim Potter
94 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:25:42
Rob #84, it's what I've been mulling over. Is Usmanov behind all this? Is he the real power in the background?

Is he about to appear from behind the curtain and announce himself? Is Usmanov Santa?

He's easily fat enough to be Mr Claus.

He's from a very cold place.

I'm sure to get to be as wealthy as he is in business then home invasion could be part of his tactics.

He's had Moshiri as his 'beard'.

Being an ex Soviet and Arsenal fan, he is used to dressing in red.

I won't go on.

Or am I just full of festive intrigue (or shite)?

Billy Roberts
95 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:33:24
Brian @88
Beat me to it !!
Besides that Rahman makes some excellent points doesn't he ??
I'm generalizing here but his use of the word "dude" suggests hes stoned.
Dont be offended Rahman if you aren't I'm just trying to give you some defense as to the owner of the worst post of the day.
Please everyone form an orderly queue as we hopefully give Rahmans hero (Moyes ) the fuckin vulture sitting on the roof of the top balcony a kiss goodbye!! Mwah mwah
Andrew Clare
96 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:36:15
Top managers like Ancelotti ( and he is one of the top five in the world) have very high standards and very high expectations, demanding the highest level of performance from their players week in week out. To compare him with our previous recent managers is ridiculous- they were no where near his level.
Regardless of what has been said he will not be taking the job on without ample funds to improve the squad.
People like Steve Maclaren have no idea about Everton and their standing in the game. I just hope Carlo is the man to awaken the sleeping giant after so long in the wilderness.
Barry Rathbone
97 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:38:41
If he does come the Jan transfer window will show if he's here for a well paid jolly or a serious challenge.

Assurances from Mosh and Brands of a list of quality targets to go at asap should be integral to his deliberations but I imagine the only list they have is a xmas card list

James Marshall
98 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:40:22
From Guillem Balague:

Ancelotti now in London. He wanted to be away from football till summer, but the Everton project (4 year deal, one of top 3 paid managers in world) ambitious and long term. He'd ONLY accept if he could build a good team in the next few years. He doesn't want to drag the decision

Christopher Timmins
99 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:43:57
Please God we get this across the line in the coming days. It's not a risk free appointment as Carlo will not be used to inheriting a team battling against relegation and in the middle of an injury crisis. However, if it happens it sends out a real message of intent. He will bring in his own coaching staff and Duncan will probably be installed as his number 2.

Carlo won't be coming to put up with mid table plucky Everton, he will be here to break into the top 4.

It will be some Christmas present for us!

Michael Lynch
100 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:49:40
Imagine if this falls through and Moyes is announced?

What slightly worries me is that, having leaked the Ancelotti story, he's got us over a barrel because of the above scenario. He can ask for anything, knowing how stupid we'll look if he turns us down.

Tony Hill
101 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:50:02
Welcome to Everton, Mr Usmanov.
James Marshall
102 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:52:58
Usmanov joined Everton a long time ago.
David Donnellan
103 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:56:42
I don't know why I bother listening to Talkshite, I should know better by now.
The latest brainless idiot to spout shit on there, Jamie O' Hara.
According to him, Ancelotti is probably sat there waiting for the phone to ring from Arsenal asking him to go down to London. He can't believe that Ancelotti may be the Everton manager & Arteta the Arsenal manager. It should be the other way around according to him.
What's to say that a phone call hasn't been made from Arsenal to Ancelotti & it may not have appealed to him? Nobody knows!
O' Hara is the same fuckwit who said on radio very recently that Everton as a club are the same size as Wolves! I shouldn't listen to that station really, my own fault!
I am one who would advocate keeping Dunc on until the end of the season as my choice. However what a middle finger up to the Sky 6 fawning media, who are horrified at the thought of a manager of Ancelotti's calibre coming to Everton, if he is unveiled as our next manager.
Steve Brown
104 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:58:07
Rahman @ 83, Ancelotti definitely is the dude and make no mistake about that! The sound across Liverpool everyone can hear is the squeaky bums of the red shite fans. Especially Carragher.
Tony Abrahams
105 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:59:44
Thanks for reminding me of Steve McClarens Dutch accent Kevin, funny!
Raymond Fox
106 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:00:58
I'll believe it when he's here!

I'm a big on top players making managers appear better than they are, would Ancelotti get the best out of our players, its no sure thing.
He has only managed clubs for years with players that are largely a class above ours, its very handy for a manager to have players that if the going is tough can produce a goal out of nothing.
Would I want him as Everton manager, a big yes, but only if we give him some of the very best players to manage, I'm sure he would press for that to happen.

As we are now I'd sooner let Dunc. continue to the end of the season and if we could get Ancelotti to start in the summer fine.

Eddie Dunn
107 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:01:50
David- why do prats like O'Hara even get a slot on the radio?
James Marshall
108 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:04:17
Ancelotti has agreed to join us, he also now has a meeting scheduled with the Napoli president to clear up his contract with them, then he can sign for us.

Other reports saying he may forego his payment due from Napoli in order to speed up his signing for Everton.

His coaching staff will be: Davide Ancelotti as assistant. Francesco Mauri and Manuel Morabito will be first team coaches. Simone Montanaro as match analyst and Luca Guerra (GPS) and Beniamino Fulco (supervisor).

David Donnellan
109 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:10:54
Eddie #107, beats me?! But then again, Talkshite have had a complete moron who spouts crap daily & can't articulate properly, with the personality of a damp tea-bag hosting a flag ship show for 20 or so years! That bloated waste of space Alan Brazil.
Rahman Talib
110 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:12:27
Martin Faulkner #93 and the rest.

Thanks for the correction.

But in the words of Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix : "They all look the same to me"

Also, I was there the last 3 years of Moyes.

And to this day, the team that Moyes left behind 11 yrs ago is still the best team we've had thus far.

And he put that team together with spit and gum. The entire team probably cost the same as Moise Kean alone.

And #92 I am.not stoned.

You people became vindictive of Moyes cause he wanted to poach Baines.
Thats all

Paul Columb
111 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:15:38
Steve (104). The shite will hardly have squeaky bums about theirs neighbours who, outside of the derby are largely viewed as irrelevant by them. So irrelevant that some of that dark persuasion actually felt sorry for us after the 5-2. It didn't feel like a derby because we posed no threat and laid back in our irrelevant glory.
We've been shite for decades now and we need to give our heads a wobble if we think any of our dealings are sending tremors across Stanley Park. They've got champions league and winning the title to worry about, not BMD or our next manager. But then again, wtf do I know from the other side of the foam.
Peter Dodds
112 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:16:24
Can't believe Corbyn was mentioned as a possible next manager then the debate moved on. He'd go for it, would Jezza - unlimited funds, Hamas to provide the security, 1-0-10 formations
Jim Potter
113 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:20:03
Peter#112, no formation would see Mr Corbyn near any number 10.
Karl Meighan
114 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:21:58
Dont see his age as a problem unless he intends to make a comeback on the pitch.

We have given the job to enough losers in the past so I don't see him being any worse. Maybe its the challenge of taking a Club like us with massive potential back to were we belong that has him interested.

Are Napoli any bigger than us? Yes they are from his own Country, but being at Napoli maybe a pointer that he fancies this type of challenge. Either way I am happy we believe that a Champion like Ancellotti is within reach and applaud Moshiri for going after him.

John Keating
115 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:33:56
I think a lot of people are not happy with Moyes for a bit more than his attempt to poach Baines
Jamie Evans
116 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:34:57
Rahman 110 and Fellani.
Bill Griffiths
117 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:39:43
Mixed feelings for me. Don't know if he's best suited where we are at now but there's no denying the stature of the man in world football.
My biggest worry is what's going to happen to Big Dunc.
According to some reports he's bringing all his own guys with him. I hope Big Dunc stays with us in some capacity of other to learn from one of the world's top managers.
Derek Knox
118 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:42:14
James @ 108, I am not doubting your predicted list of Carlo Ancelotti's coaching team, but where does that leave Duncan?

While I appreciate there is little sentiment in Business or Football, but with due respect to what he has done just in the last two games, it would be almost inhuman just to cast him aside, or have him in a minor role at FF.

I acknowledge Ancelotti would be a great asset but even he could not have produced such a turn around with the squad and results against both Chelsea and Man United.

John Keating
119 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:51:44
Even if true I can't see him taking any part before next week which would give Dunc the Arsenal game
Is there any real panic to have him in place the next week or two?
Fran Mitchell
120 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:03:10
There are no guarantees and all that but we have just got one (so it seems) one of the heavyweight managers in world football.

The ability to attract top players will be greatly increased.

We also, it seems, will have a manager who will not accept finishing 8th as respectable. He will demand a higher level from our players, and our board. He will not accept 'avoiding the drop' as the target for the season. He will look at the table and say "6 points from 6th with half the season to go"!

We have a manager who will now cower in the prospect of a Merseyside derby (the only manager to beat that lot this season)

And he is not 'past it'.

Exciting appointment.

Mike Oates
121 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:07:33
I'm not exactly sure where Brands is in all this new manager hunt. Is he leading it - as he should be if he's our Sporting Director, but is he, is it just Moshiri looking for a grand name.
Will he work with Brands, will Brands work with him, will he want to continue Brands model of buying young, developing and either keeping them or selling at a profit. Not sure Ancelotti will want to go that way at all. What if he wants to buy the likes of Higuaín as a proven goal scorer and other 28-30yr old to start his job here.

At the discussions today in London I'm sure Ancelotti will be looking only at Moshiri for decisions, for salary, for transfers, for acceptance of bringing his own staff with him. Brands will cringe at all this, its not his way, and he may walk as well.

Steve Ferns
122 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:11:05
Anyone read that Usmanov was involved in the negotiations? Apparently, according to reports in Italy, he played the main role, but was only doing so as he is "bound by friendship and business" to Moshiri. Could it be that our most shadowy of shadow directors is calling the shots here? Bizarre stuff. Makes Kenwright's dealings with Green look transparent.
Michael Lynch
123 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:15:00
Yeah I'm wondering what Brands's take on this is too. And where Duncan Ferguson figures in the plan. It might be that both are sacrificed to make this happen, Brands in the longer run and Big Dunc immediately.

It would be a bitter pill to swallow if Ferguson gives the club back its pride and is rewarded with a P45.

Tony Waring
124 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:15:30
If he does come I hope he brings Koulibali with him !
James Marshall
125 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:17:14

Duncan will be back on the cones, won't he? In all seriousness though, I would expect Duncan to continue on the coaching staff as well. It's pretty common practice for top clubs to keep a few links with past players, even when they appoint new managers & staff.

All the top clubs do it, so I doubt much will change for Duncan Ferguson in that regard.

James Marshall
126 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:20:34

You're surprised by the Usmanov talk? USM Finch Farm? USM = Metalloinvest = Usmanov.

Surely you'd pinned all these things together long ago, or have I missed a meeting? Our new stadium will be built of the finest Russian steel!

Steve Ferns
127 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:20:50
Fran, it is exciting times. If we got in someone like Jardim, ten Hag, or Arteta then you expect a period of relative austerity to follow. Go out and coach the players you have and grow a side and Marcel will add a couple each summer.

There's no way Ancelotti is here to do that. This has all the hallmarks of Moshiri going big. Where he goes if it fails, I don't want to think about. It also looks like Usmanov is involved, which would put us second only to City for rich owners. Maybe Usmanov wants to strike hard whilst Arsenal are reeling. We are just 4 behind Arsenal. Big if, but I'll say it anyway, if we beat Arsenal then we can go just a point behind them. So Usmanov might see the chance to get one over on Kroenke.

Anyway, might not be my first choice, but if we pull this off, and we pull it off properly, and we throw money at it, then we can all start dreaming again.

Michael Lynch
128 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:24:17
Yes Steve, I agree. It's a weird one if you look at where we are now, but it does seem to herald a big shift in the "project" from incremental growth to immediate results. Shit or bust.
Tony Hill
129 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:31:11
James, I think he arrived when Moshiri arrived (given their history and the structure of the deal which was offered to Liverpool and was turned down by Moores a while back) but the Panorama investigation was unhelpful in terms of his emergence.

It will be interesting to see how that plays out officially but Ancelotti must have been given big assurances about budgeting.

Jerome Shields
130 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:33:29
Everton are headline news everywhere and no Manager appointed, with a Club statement to confirm. What does that tell you?
Clive Rogers
131 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:38:27
Yes Gary, very true. I would struggle to name a better manager who is available and would come to us.
Paul Tran
132 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:45:57
I'm taking this as an upgrade on the project 1.0. I'm sure Moshiri saw Koeman as the big statement appointment, with then Silva as the up and coming one for the future. Ancellotti is a move back to the tried and tested big name.
Let's see what happens.
James Marshall
133 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:47:39
If we can't make a go of things with Ancelotti and Usmanov, we might as well forget Everton. If this doesn't work out, I'm giving up football.
Ray Jacques
134 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:51:23
"If Ancelotti comes then I will never go to the game again!!!!"

I am stunned that some people on here don't want him.
Let us stay with the usual chancers and losers that we are associated with. Mind you he did lose a 3 goal lead in a Champions league final so must be tactically useless.

The guy is football royalty and should be respected.

Steve Ferns
135 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:52:02
Paul, if it is simply swinging back to tried and tested as you say, then that's concerning. Also is the vanity story of Moshiri Usmanov going out and getting Ancelotti.

However, if this is the start of Usmanov really pushing Everton, then there is no matter man to oversee the project than Carlo Ancelotti. He can manage stars, he can attract them to us, and he can put a team together from strangers. At these things, there is no one better in world football. Not Guardiola and not the fella with the big teeth down the road.

He must, absolutely must, get the coaching position nailed on. Carlo is not a coach, and he needs someone who can coach to do this for him. Someone who needs to be suited to where we are and who can understand his vision coach the players to play his way, and to his tactics. Carlo will then be better than even Koeman with in game his tactical tweeks.

Peter Neilson
136 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:53:24
Latest media reports stating 4 1/2 year deal and making him one of the top 3 best paid coaches in Europe so over £15M a year. Fingers crossed.
Steve Ferns
137 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:57:51
4.5 years, so no intentions of earning some easy money. He is here for the hard graft. That's more heartening.

We need a manager to stay for a longer period. We need some stability. Hopefully Ancelotti for 4.5 years could be just that.

Fran Mitchell
138 Posted 17/12/2019 at 12:58:14
Huge wages if true...but then again, better to pay top dollar for top quality than paying 10million to sack the manager every year.
Derek Knox
139 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:01:15
James @ 125, I sincerely hope that is the case, and each has a particular remit, if not, it could be a case of too many cooks!

Steve @ 135, if as you say Carlo is more of a Manager than a coach, surely this has a confliction of interests with Marcel Brands, and who decides on future Transfers, who negotiates them and identifies them?

Steve Ferns
140 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:11:16
Not at all Derek, Carlo is Italian. He has always worked with a Director of Football. What he oversees is the coaching, training and preparation of the team. Same as Ronald Koeman. Koeman was the one who insisted that we had a Director of Football because he was not going to do a full "Moyes" and start scouting and negotiating all of the transfers. Sure, it didn't stop him getting in Klaassen, and Ancelotti might make some requests to Brands for particular players, but he won't be missing training like Moyes used to, to go watch some obscure player he thinks might be worth a punt.
James Lauwervine
141 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:23:18
Ancelotti is 33-1 on at the bookies now. Those kind of odds don't appear unless it's pretty much dead certain.
Barry Cowling
142 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:27:06
If we get him it is a real coo for us, cant believe people saying he's too old, he's probably got another 8-10 years left as manager, he's just been sacked so will be chomping at the bit to make his next job successful. He will have been sold the story of new stadium and buying power and thats why he will want a longer term contract, so he can pull us up the league and into champions league. definately a huge improvement from silva and koeman, but I would be surprised if he doesnt bring in his own men but also keep Dunc in the fold. If this happens it will be a massive football story, propelling us up in terms of world football stature
Mike Oates
143 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:33:50
I finished reading his biography about 6 months ago. He is not a coach, not a training man, he's the manager. He gets close to players to understand how to work with them, he utilises the players he has to develop a playing style good for them. Though he prefers playing on the ground football through the lines, rather than any width.

He's not afraid to take on the likes of Berscoloni ( AC Milan owner and Italian Prime Minster at the time, famous for many altercations with the justice and law systems). He wouldn't stand for any intrusion into how he manages the team and who he picks to play. I seem to remember he likes experienced players at the expense of younger players.

He likes to drink, did smoke, likes fine dining and relaxing away from the limelight. Likely to do a Koeman and take time off and leave training to his coaching team.

If he takes it, watch out for Brands role, going to be interesting next 12-18 months

Tommy Coleman
144 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:39:41
Ancelotti has signed according to Sky.
Get in!
Jimmy Hogan
145 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:44:45
I'm just grateful we're talking to a manager who hasn't got his previous team relegated.
Tony Everan
146 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:51:08
Who will he want to sign ? Milik ?

Adrian Evans
147 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:05:55
I just see us as the week link in a four club syndicate.
Utd,they broke Liverpools dominance,Man City broke Man Utd.
Liverpool look like there having a little go now, breaking Man City.

So Utd,Liverpool, Man City.

Do you think Ancelotti thinks he wants a challenge.
Everton to break into a bit of Premier League,An FA Cup,A Champions League run.
Carlo Ancelotti has won more trophies than Everton have in their whole 141 year history.
He is a football man,a genius in his hey day.

So what did Usminov tell him this week in Italy,that money isn't an obsticle.

He is coming to get between City,Liverpool,Utd thats why its four and a half years.
Big mistake though if he don't have a role at Everton for Duncan Ferguson.
Even if it only £1 million to stand in the Glady's St on match days and go to.away games whip up the natives,give em a pep talk before they go out.

Its a project now if he comes.

Soren Moyer
148 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:08:56
Lol. Even having a top top man as our manager wouldn't satisfy some people on here! Its getting ridiculous now.
Steve Ferns
149 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:10:15
What's your thinking on Brands' role Mike? Carlo doesn't want that extra responsibility does he. As you've alluded to, he wants to delegate the lot and just oversee it. Nothing wrong with that at all, if you get the right guys in, and all get on the same page.

His backroom team includes Davide Ancelotti, his son, who is head of fitness. Then there is his daughter's husband, Mino Fulco, who is head of nutrition. Nothing wrong with a bit of nepotism if they are capable as this means they will all be on the same page working hard for the same goal. As I said, as long as they are capable. The big question is who will be the chief coach? Paul Clement?

He picked Clement up from what Mourinho left behind at Chelsea. At Bayern he used Hermann Gerland who Guardiola himself had inherited. So definitely a role for Ferguson, but with Silva's team gone, there is a definite vacancy for a chief coach.

I think Everton have had this in mind all along. Nothing has been rushed here. Everton got rid of Bruno Mendes. Usually you would leave a guy like that in place. His job is to prevent injury. He is not part of the Silva inner circle and had never worked with him before, instead he was poached from Benfica where he set up the famed "Benfica Lab". For example, when Big Sam was fired, Everton kept on Ryland Morgans until Bruno Mendes came in.

Carlo Ancelotti takes the same duo, again father and son, Giovanni and Francesco Mauri, wherever he goes. These are the duo though, who got so much flack for their lack of intensity (compared to Pep Guardiola) at Bayern with Robben leading the criticism saying his son's (youth team) coaches were better. However, Cristiano Ronaldo Aveiro has been complementary about them in the past.

Mike Oates
150 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:35:12
I think Ancelotti will keep well away from youth, academy areas and leave that to Brands team, the issue will be Brands policy of buying young, developing and selling on for profit. That's fine if its for the U21's and below, ie Gibson, Holgate. DCL, Adreniran etc but unsure if Ancelotti will want any untried 18-20yr olds thrust upon him.
So will Brands attune his scouting system to pursue experienced 26-30yr olds, costing a fortune and lasting 2-4 years, and will Moshiri really cough up mega mega millions ?

This Usmanov link is intriguing, is he about to buy into Everton in a big way. Or is it just paper talk - hope not just talk, as Usmanov's money will be required big time.

Brands - he'll either stay and continue his reshaping of our academy and youth system (Unsworth likely to go !) hoping we'll get 2-3 top class players in 3-4 years or he'll not fancy working effectively for Ancelotti, as Ancelotti wont work for him.

Jamie Crowley
151 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:43:12
I'll bet dimes to donughts Carlo has been told he'll get only a few signings, and that part of the agreement in accepting the job is that he has to effectively work with what he's got, and that means young "kids".


Steve Ferns
152 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:44:20
Mike, I am wondering about Brands' vision for youth. Others have pointed out that he worked well with Louis Van Gaal at AZ, teaming up to win the club's second ever title. So, he is not unused to the big name coach in the latter stages of his career.

Also, Carlo Ancelotti has always had the option to buy for the here and now, but has always been under pressure to produce immediate results. Perhaps, with a more relaxed and longer term project at Everton, he will not be just in for the here and now type players? Time will tell.

As for Unsworth, I believe he's taking the Wigan job or indeed off at the end of the season to get a manager's job for himself.

Ray Smith
153 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:44:27
Does anyone know Davies Ancelotti's background/pedigree.

I hope that everything that is being reported regarding DF's future doesn't result in him being squeezed out, or reduced to a bit part after 6 months!

Steve Ferns
154 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:49:48
Ray, read about him here: Link

As above, don't misread the "assistant" role, he is an assistant coach and not an assistant manager. He's 30 now. Also see above that Ancelotti also employs his daughter's husband. Then his main fitness coach comes in a pair with his own son.

Ancelotti is better than most managers at integrating with existing regimes. He did just that at Chelsea, and has since often utilised Paul Clement, as well as at Bayern and Napoli.

James Marshall
155 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:53:32
"Carlo Ancelotti has been given the promise and freedom of a big budget to spend in January"

Source: Sky Italy

Therefore, take it with a massive fuck-off lorry-full of salt.

Ray Smith
157 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:04:51
Steve 154

Thanks for the link.

Very interesting.

Makes more sense now re DF's future, if what we hear is accurate, rather than media gossip/hype.

Mike Oates
158 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:05:38
James, can you get the salt delivered down here on a south coast as local council has halved its salt purchases for the road gritting team
Tony Hill
159 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:11:54
I've read that Ancelotti has been persuaded by Everton's long term ambitions. Managers like him come to spend money and win trophies or they don't come at all.

We're going to redouble our efforts to buy success. I'll sell my soul for that, I'm afraid.

Derek Taylor
160 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:13:40
Mike Oates @ 143, it sounds like the whole Ancelotti tribe will have to be accommodated and if 'Dad' takes the boss role, Brands is already on borrowed time and Duncan not far behind him. Of course if this latest 'project' really re-establishes Everton as a top seven side, few of us will shed tears for those 'reduced to the ranks' at best.

But if it proves to be too much of a challenge, please don't lets have all the excuses trotted out such as those uttered by Steve Ferns in the cause of the last 'wonder coach'. We're already hearing this one is the best man in the business and although he would hardly be here if that were still true, we've got to have faith that SOMEBODY can get us back to the position we were in before the money men took over !

So however successful the new guy has been elsewhere, he should be have it made clear that he's here to win football matches as well as build up the family pension fund FULL STOP.

Jimmy Hogan
161 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:23:22
I don't believe a word Sky say, qouting salary and length of deal. The Club have denied that a contract has been signed and hinted it will be Wednesday or Thursday if all goes well. I too, am intrigued by the Usmanov rumours.
James Marshall
162 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:24:22
Personally I have absolutely no problem with us buying success. I sold my own soul to the devil about 30 years ago, so fuck it. I'm sick to death of supporting a shit team that never wins anything!
Raymond Fox
163 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:25:06
I wouldn't get too excited just yet lads, you can still get 1/8 on Ancelotti being our manager.
Not too bad a price if its all done and dusted!

That's on Betfair exchange.

Jamie Crowley
164 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:26:18
Over here on sat radio they are discussing this as if it's a done deal. Just sayin'.
Kim Vivian
165 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:27:21
How will ffp impact on the so called big spend promises we are hearing about. I never quite understand ffp as it seems a bit like var - different interpretations for different clubs!
James Marshall
166 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:28:23
Kim, don't worry about it, we'll just naming rights on car parking spaces, and ballboys to get round FFP.
Pat Kelly
167 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:33:05
Oh great, another 3 or 4 year project.
Phil Greenough
168 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:33:21
How does Sky Sports news, square its announcements of Everton's new manager, with its sister company Sky bet? There has to be some conflict of interest between the two companies.

If I believe SSN and put a bet on Ancelloti to be the next manager and it doesn't transpire, Sky bet would be the benefactor. Or is it caveat emptor?

Jose Walsh
169 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:34:20
Steve #122 - I was in Moscow on a business trip in November and had a good meeting with a guy who had a number of business interests in Russia. We were talking about where I was from and he said he had a friend who had interests in the City. I asked in what and he said football. I firstly assumed it may have been Sasha Ryazantsev our CFO and he said no - it was Alisher Usmanov. I got very excited and started pressing for more detail and he said he is very serious about us and is more involved than we think.
Dave Lynch
170 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:36:33
I hope the teary one didn't tell him he had a big budget to work with.

We all know what a liar he is.

Liam Reilly
171 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:43:03
Ancelloti has just gone 1/20 On Sky Bet. That's got to be close to a certainty.

Happy days if this happens.

Brian Wilkinson
172 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:43:04
Kim I was just about to ask the same question myself.

I look forward to those in the know explaining ffp.

Mike Dolan
173 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:48:24
Bringing Ancelotti on board on a long term contract would be monumental. It would give this club the instant credibility that we were trying to get by signing Koeman. Ancelotti is more than a coach he is a manager.

As bad as Everton have been this season it's hard to say that we are closer to being successful than we have been in in decades but we are. We have the ability to put a good eleven on the pitch but we still have a weak squad. Ancelotti will attract players who will fill out the squad and I'm praying that Everton players in the near future will be physically fit enough to play for 90 odd minutes.

I'm over the moon for this to happen. When he signs it will not be a new chapter in the In Everton history, it will be a new book in an entirely different library.

But for gods sake give him a PR guy to work beside him from day one.

Steve Ferns
174 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:50:24
Brian, it is too complicated. The biggest spenders employ creative accountants and shift the money all over the place. Never forget PSG "loaning" Kylian Mbappe from chief rivals Monaco to get around FFP. All you need to know is we are limited to spending a portion of our income and our income is not very big compared to last years top 6.

It's a case of pulling the draw bridge up after yourself, and closes the elite off from the rest.

Andrew Ellams
175 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:53:58
If (and how many times have we heard this in the last 3 years) Usmanov is involved here and we have pinched Ancelotti ahead of Arsenal it makes it a very interesting potential conflict of interests as he is still a shareholder down there.
Kim Vivian
176 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:55:05
Any chance we can here from any of the 14% who will NOT be happy (according to the vote) if Ancelotti is appointed as our manager?
Gary Carter
177 Posted 17/12/2019 at 15:58:41
I just can't believe some of the comments on here. We could be on the verge of signing one of the top 5 managers in the world. A man who has won everything as a player and coach, whose teams play exciting fluid football, are right defensively, used different systems rather than stubbornly just sticking to one, his players all live him and will run through brick walls for him, has been a success in the premier league, serie A, the bundesliga and the Spanish too flight. He is an absolute thoroughbred of a manager and a winner that will bring not just that mentality to the club with him, but will also hugely increase our current standing in the game. Who cares if he's 60, who cares if he's wealthy, that doesn't mean he has lost any apetite for the game and for me, should he come to us in our current standing and predicament, means he could easily swerve such a challenge, especially with the media focus on this league. He could put his feet up and go and take a retirement job in the Greek, Turkish or Dutch league and probably carry on winning things.
Most of all, even if he comes and if it doesn't work out, we simply can't turn down the opportunity to bring someone of his pedigree in and instead go for yet another “maybe man” like Howe, Arteta or Wilder, we've done it 3 times now and it's got progressively worse. I don't think I have ever been so excited about a potential Everton signing in all my 45 years !
Raymond Fox
178 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:00:09
Apologies for quoting the wrong odds I was looking at Arsenal prices before.

Ancelotti is 1/9 to be our manager.

Kevin O'Regan
179 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:07:23
People saying he has great CL experience, does well with the big names and characters and has won everything... well.. we are in a relegation battle, not in the CL and need inspiration from someone with energy and an understanding for such a situation... Carlo is not the man for that.. and hasn't won anything much since 2014. We are not even ready for the Europa League never mind the CL. I have seen this guy in training, and many times on the sidelines.. and that is where he operates.. on the sidelines.. not living the game but meditating and shaking his head... definitely a no from me. We don't need a marquee signing or a marketing name - we need a fighter and someone with charisma.
Steve Ferns
180 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:10:54
Andrew Ellams, Alisher Usmanov sold his shares in Arsenal in August 2018 Link
Raymond Fox
181 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:19:37
At risk of boring you it looks like only Skybet are offering odds, which is 1/20 Ancelotti, 20/1 bar so it does look like he's heading our way!

The 1/9 on Betfair is to a pittance.

Fran Mitchell
182 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:27:36
Kevin: Moyes would come in and say we are in a relegation scrap. Allardyce too. Many a Manager.

Ancelotti will come in and say "6points off 6th and half a season,.and a transfer window, to go"

I know what mentality I want.

And what's the point of a hands on coach if his in game management is crap.

Francis van Lierop
183 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:27:37
I was a bit sceptical at first, as I wrote in the other thread, but as the complete picture is becoming clearer, I'm getting more excited.
It would really be a statement.
Stan Schofield
184 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:36:18
I find some of the comments on here to be negative in an almost paranoid way, and they remind me of comments Liverpool supporters make when they're pissed off that we could be pulling something off, and the kind of comments that the likes of Carragher make.

The obsessive focus of such people on relegation fights is utterly out of kilter with our true habitual position in the Premier League. They need to get a grip and focus on the real world, and develop a winning mentality.

James Marshall
185 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:45:32
Fully expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be an Everton player in the new year.

Him & Don Carlo are close.

Dave Williams
186 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:56:21
I'm still not sure. Would love Duncan to get the job as he inspires a sense of belonging far more than a so called big name.
I get the excitement about a serial winner like Carlo and if he is really up for this then great. But could he be another Koeman, not buying into the club, absent a lot of the time and not really all that bothered?
This is where we have to put our faith in the team who are working to bring him in. If he comes I hope he will give young players a chance as I am not overly keen on watching a bunch of mercenaries who don't care as long as they get paid- we've had way too many of them since Moyes left.
As for Usmanov look at the facts. Huge project at £500m plus for stadium, other potential investment to be created in the area and he sells his stake in Arsenal- why?? He is a highly successful businessman who is best mates and business partner with our owner. He wanted to run a PL club but couldn't at Arsenal. Two plus two = ??
Brian Williams
187 Posted 17/12/2019 at 16:57:58
Peter Neilson
188 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:01:13
As well a cracking track record Ancelotti has a record of working well at dysfunctional clubs or at least those that have a complex hierarchy. Welcome to Everton Carlo.
Brian Harrison
189 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:09:51
When I heard Duncan being interviewed on the pitch after the game at Old Trafford, he said this club deserves a world class manager, makes me think he was aware who the club were talking too. I still cant believe that we can pull this off, I mean there is maybe 1 or 2 managers with a better CV than Ancelotti and he is coming to us after one of our worst starts.

I certainly don't see any down side at all, and just think of the education that Duncan will get working under Ancelotti. Interesting that there was talk of Usmanov being at the meeting to persuade Ancelotti to sign for us.
Maybe after years of hearing that we cant attract top managers and top players because we are plucky little Everton. I think that is about to change big time.

John McGimpsey
190 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:18:01
Anyone got any info or link to Usmanov being at the meeting as I'm about to jizz my kecks
Mike Oates
191 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:20:08
His win % since year 2000 has been an average of 64%, admittedly with Juventus, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern. This % would get us about 70pts, enough most years for Top 6 place or even higher.

Give him the players he needs and he'll deliver hopefully.

Ray Roche
192 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:25:40
Brian, where did you hear about Usmanov being at the meeting?
Peter Neilson
193 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:29:02
Sport Witness site reporting Usmanov in the meeting on Monday.
Adrian Evans
195 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:45:07
Maybe the coincidence of the Left Wing Corbyn, Mc Donald has persuded Usmanov to think about investing in Everton and UK business.
There has to be a link with Ancelotti becoming one of the best managers in the world,a four year deal.A £500 million new stadium,probably ending up £650million and Mr Usmanov.??
As said he isn't coming for a bag of crisps and kit kat.
He will almost certainly have been told he has a war chest to assemble a top side.God knows how much that is but lets just hope its him choosing who we buy not Mr Brands.
Guess he will Mr Brands will be told who to buy,how long he will stay now is anybodies guess.
Is Mr Moshiri going to sell out to Alisher Usmanov,has Boris told him hes fine to come back to the UK now.???

If its A Usmanov we can compete with City, Utd,RS anyone.

But its a team we want and one that plays the way that exites us.

Lets hope its going to happen.

Assisstant managers Ancelotti Jr and Duncan Ferguson would be perfect.Motivational Coach.

Paul Tran
196 Posted 17/12/2019 at 17:50:13
My guess is that Moshiri has found an income stream/FFP loophole. I'm not sure he'd be luring Ancelotti on the basis of managing just with the current squad.

You don't need to work daft long hours to be successful, you need to be good. I've got no problem with overseer managers, providing they give the team direction, tactical tweaks and motivation. The fact that Silva worked long hours while producing insipid, purposeless football with a poor points tally tells me everything. Maybe he worked long hours because he couldn't work things out?

This is Moshiri having a go, trying to make us better. I find it odd that so many on here are fearful of it.

David Pearl
197 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:02:06
I'm stood in a small field in the Negev Desert. So briefly, l wanted Arteta but mainly because l didn't expect Ancelotti to be achievable. If it happens it would be a strong statement. Hopefully followed by a couple statement players in the next couple of weeks. These players need a strong character. So fingers crossed. We have a good squad of players already that are under achieving... and some injuries to a key area. So get him onboard Moshiri.
Ray Roche
198 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:11:11
Practising your golf swing David?
John Pierce
199 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:17:13
I'm hoping that Ancelotti is our Mancini and Silva was our Hughes.


Jeff Armstrong
200 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:22:19
If the rumours are true about Usmanov then we're going to need a bigger stadium, hold off that planning application for next Monday, submit with a revised 62,000 capacity please.
Eddie Dunn
201 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:24:21
Brian @189, I thought exactly the very same. I detected that Duncan knew someone big was coming and it kind of explains his reluctance to throw his hat in the ring and his almost carefree, gung-ho approach at Old Trafford.
Tony Everan
202 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:49:03
There's one or two negative comments about Ancelotti coming, but I wouldn't bracket him with Koeman as a disengaged type of manager. His record is solid and it is proven at the highest levels, in different leagues, including the PL.

The man is a class act and we have got to rejoice at his willingness to come and embrace the project. Usmanov's involvment has got to be the factor here I think over the next year or two this will be come more formal.

Carlo Ancelotti wont be motivated entirely by money, he will be up for the challenge, it's something new and will be rewarding for him big time if he gets success for us. It will be a new type of success and the reward will be sweeter, maybe just the thing that is getting his juices flowing.

Paul A Smith
203 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:22:17
Did anyone question Ranieri's age? He has achieved a lot in football and the obvious success at Leicester was unreal but somehow, we live in an age where if you suggested Ranieri over Arteta you would be nuts.

Thats how trendy you have to be these days.

Just like when he went to Leicester, the first answer you would get is, he is finished now. A manager finished?

Somehow another perfectly normal statement these days.

Mark Palmer
204 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:31:48
Come on, everybody. If Ancelotti comes it'll be only for the money. We're a relatively lowly team for him so what's the attraction?

He never hangs around. What about a legacy? A framework for the future? How are we going to build a base with a foreign mercenary manager?

Bobby Mallon
205 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:34:37
Mark Palmer we have never built a base just get on board what a signing
Peter Neilson
206 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:35:21
Mark he's joining us from Napoli much less silverware than us. We've been building a base and in transition for years. Get one of the best in and try it that way instead.
Steavey Buckley
207 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:38:22

Carlo Ancelotti agrees four-and-a-half-year contract to become Everton head coach.

Ancelotti's son, Davide, to be assistant at Goodison Park alongside current caretaker Duncan Ferguson

Mark Palmer
208 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:44:31
Oh well, according to Steavey it's a done deal. Looks like he's signed.

I was behind him all the time - my No.1 choice. C'mon Carlo!!!

Steavey Buckley
209 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:51:02
Mark, according to sky sport 's transfers it's a done deal
Francis van Lierop
210 Posted 17/12/2019 at 19:54:30
Richard Mason
211 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:10:14
I don't see anything confirmed on Sky, Steavey. Sky Italy reporting 4½ years starting on Boxing Day against Burnley.
Kristian Boyce
213 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:17:43
How disappointing to get a world class manager, I was so hoping to get David Moyes.
Justin Doone
214 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:21:56
He may have a good reputation in the game but he doesn't excite me.

I'd rather Mancini the Italian manager in the summer, but I've wanted him for years and it's not my money or choice.

What he would bring is good experience of the Premier League and success elsewhere.

Hopefully he can bring in a top-class defender who's also a real leader as captain and sort sorry Kean out.

Far better than Silva, Sam and Koeman, at least on paper.

However I hope the rumours of Holgate being sold are nonsense. He's been my MotM the last few games.

Joe McMahon
215 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:26:57
Kristian @ 213, I know what ya mean. I was hoping for the "Quadruple Dream Team"
Colin Glassar
216 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:27:13
Ibrahimovic will be our first signing on a free.
Billy Roberts
217 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:27:52
Justin @214

There is some strange reasoning going on these threads concerning the suitability of Ancelotti.

You prefer Mancini because he has won in England, just like Ancelotti, and what else ??

Please explain, I'm confused about the negativity surrounding Ancelotti.

John Boon
219 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:59:46
For some Evertonians "NOTHING" is ever the right move.

I have seen ups and downs after watching the Blues for over 70 years. During that time, I have always remained positive. What is the point of watching your team if all you see is negative?

We may have signed a world class manager, but to some he may not be the right "world class manager". Everybody has the right to their own opinion.

Personally I would have been delighted if Ferguson had been put in charge. However, I consider Ancellotti to be the very best available and welcome him and anybody else who is prepared to manage MY team and YOUR team. Just stop complaining!!!

Eric Paul
220 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:10:46
Ffs we are about to land a Galactico manager (hopefully) and some people aren't happy. For posters who don't want Ancelotti, who do you want???
Colin Glassar
221 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:13:57
The Moyesy widowers will never accept anyone other than their ginger idol, Eric.
Neil Copeland
222 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:18:03
From Sam Allardyce to Carlo Ancelotti in less than 2 years is one hell of a statement.
Eric Paul
223 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:21:57

If your wife treated you like Moyes treated Everton and us fans, would you have her back?

Robert Tressell
224 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:32:57
Looks like Arsenal are getting Arteta. Amazing really that its not the other eay around, with us going for the untested guy and Arsenal getting mr won everything. Interesting to see how it plays out. Nothing is guaranteed but I'm pleased we've gone for a big statement for the first time in my history of supporting the club.
Colin Glassar
225 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:39:21
No chance, Eric. But some people are natural-born masochists.
Eric Paul
226 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:43:26
Masochistic losers, Colin.
Jim Harrison
227 Posted 17/12/2019 at 21:54:24
Here for the money???? The guy could sit on his arse and take the pay off from Napoli before taking a cushty job in Italy or China. There is no comfy job in the Premier League. it's easy to dismiss but to even get to the level of playing for the 20th placed team you are in a pretty elite bracket. To take on a job in management at a club like Everton is no small task.

Carlo, if he does indeed come, will be signing up to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Think that's an over statement? Rated 17th in football rich list in 2019. 17th in the world!!! This guy has managed 6 other teams in the top 20. He is the calibre of manager we should expect.

As for working with Brands, who wouldn't want to have a top level class ache in charge of the team? Brands job is to provide that coach with the best resources available. So long sad they have a good working relationship it should be a great combo, imagine the contacts the two have between them.

Mike Corcoran
228 Posted 17/12/2019 at 22:17:45
There'll have to be some serious wedge thrown at some new players. You don't sign a Louis Hamilton to drive a clapped out banger around Silverstone.
Ray Roche
229 Posted 17/12/2019 at 22:38:14
Russell @224

Maybe it shows the gulf in ambition between the current Arsenal set up and the present Everton regime. Arsenal have been run as a money making enterprise for some years now, with Wenger as the willing provider of the profits for a grateful Kroenke. Apart from, arguably, their two forwards Arsenal are no better than us. Something I hope we can show them at the weekend.

Anthony Jones
230 Posted 17/12/2019 at 23:28:24
Hope it doesn't turn out to be another Moshiri blunder. He could have bought Neymar with all the severance pay he's forked out.
Tony Hill
231 Posted 17/12/2019 at 23:56:58
My worry is that, if we're going for the big name, we'd best have given it big thought and be prepared to back it big time. There may have to be some big casualties.

Is there enough space for all of this, for Mr Ancelotti and his entourage to fit in coherently among current vested interests? We don't do coherence at Everton but we'll have to start now.

I imagine Ancelotti may be having similar thoughts, Usmanov or not. I'll believe it when he's here. And then I'll close my eyes and pray very hard.

Dave Southword
232 Posted 17/12/2019 at 23:59:17
It's an appointment that should garner instant respect from the squad - you wonder if players sometimes have to Google new managerial appointments, but not Ancelotti. You have to think we'll be able to attract players because of him and that Moshiri will back him big.

Don't see why Carlo will suddenly decide to simply take the money and coast to retirement. If he was simply after money he could probably get more in a less pressured environment like China.

So if he gels and we get a couple of significant signings early doors then we may actually start to build something. If he signs.

Jim Potter
233 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:02:02
Moshiri obviously doesn't have to pay any kind of severance to those fans who say: "If blah happens, that's it, I quit".

Blah always happens and amazingly they're still here!

David Israel
234 Posted 17/12/2019 at 00:15:09
If we are still an ambitious bunch – and I'd like to think we are – we should be over the moon at the prospect of someone of Ancelotti's calibre being ready to talk to us, let alone come here.

Benvenutto, Carlo!

Annika Herbert
235 Posted 18/12/2019 at 05:46:00
Rahman @110, exactly how many trophies did we win under Moyes again!!? Maybe you should check out some of the West Ham fan sites and see how their fans are reacting to the possibility of the ginger one returning!!?
I can assure you they do not want him in any way shape, or form. He is yesterdays man and a total dinosaur.
Derek Knox
236 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:07:56
I, for one, do hope, at long last, we MAY be on the threshold of employing an established manager, not a limp-wristed teddy bear hugging (who used to do his knitting in the dug-out), sort of wimp.

It cannot be denied that this man has a pretty impressive CV and what's more, he has proved it, with many different teams. Still, I will totally believe it only when he is pictured at Finch Farm.

Iain Latchford
238 Posted 19/12/2019 at 15:48:48
If Ancelotti has gone to Spurs or Arsenal, how many would have said "Phew, we dodged a bullet there!" ?

James Marshall
239 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:36:54
Don't want a small time manager. Don't want a manager that's been relegated. Don't want a manager that's been sacked. Don't want a manager that's not 45.

It seems to me that a lot people have some fantastical vision of who the manager should be. Someone that basically doesn't exist.

Carlo Ancelotti. You support Everton. Put those 2 things together and just have a think about that.


Carlo Ancelotti.

As someone said on Twitter, it's a bit like Robert De Niro taking a part on Corrie.

Ain't that the truth.

Brent Stephens
240 Posted 19/12/2019 at 16:55:27
James, “As someone said on Twitter, it's a bit like Robert De Niro taking a part on Corrie”.

But there again some of the biggest names have appeared on Corrie. William Kenwright- that's 16 letters.

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