Ancelotti foresees rapid growth for Everton's young core team

Saturday, 20 June, 2020 21comments  |  Jump to last

Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated the attraction that Everton held for him when he took the somewhat surprising step to take the reins at Goodison Park so soon after being sacked by Napoli.

Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian's Sid Lowe, the Italian was asked what made him want to leap straight back into another managerial role and why at Everton, a relatively unfashionable club compared to the modern European giants he has coached throughout his career.

“[Is there anything] better than coaching? Noooo,” Ancelotti said with a laugh. “You coach because what you want is to play. I'd like to play the game, not prepare it, but I'm 61 and if you can't play, coaching keeps that passion alive.

“The attraction of working in the Premier League again and the club's plans [is what drew me to Everton]. We're getting closer to being able to compete with the best and the project is very interesting. We've got a young team and the [spine] is good.

“It's a young team, it's growing. It's clear we have to invest to compete but the club wants to do that, we're planning the new stadium, I think the club's going to grow very fast. We also have a strong fan base; the relationship is very close. We've invested in the community, and that's important.

“Our future is clearly delineated. The pandemic has created all sorts of problems for the game but that won't change our plans for the future. Our decision [to take salary cuts] was something we felt was right to do: if you can do something to help those who live alongside you, you should.

“We did it, we're happy, and we carry on: that has no impact on our development. The idea is still to improve the team with signings, we're clear on that. We don't have a lot of time before next season but what we need to do to improve the team we'll still do, no doubt.”

Ancelotti says that while he has missed football greatly, he has enjoyed getting familiar with his new surroundings in Crosby and has put the time off during the coronavirus lockdown to good use, watching historical documentaries and otherwise recharging his batteries.

“I feel good physically and [mentally] I'm better, for sure. This period has been crazy but it helps you think, see what matters … I've had time to think.

“I'm missing football. The fact that I couldn't go to training every day was a nightmare for me. But I have done other things.”

Of course, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the explosion of racial tensions in the United States, something that clearly stirs passion in him and which has sparked renewed global awareness of prejudice and energy for greater equality.

Recalling some ugly racial incidents in Serie A, one of which involved Kalidou Koulibaly while he was at Napoli, Ancelotti says that football is not without its problems, particularly where a lack of black coaches and managers is concerned.

“Football has an important role to play in educating people,” Ancelotti says. “Millions follow footballers, watch what they do, hear what they say. If you challenge people, push them, make them think, things can change.”

Read the full interview at The Guardian


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Laurie Hartley
1 Posted 20/06/2020 at 08:06:10
I think we have got a good human being managing our team and his comments about investing in the playing staff and the stadium I find very encouraging.
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 20/06/2020 at 08:39:55
I thought it was a really good article Lyndon, I'm glad you've put it on these pages mate, and have to agree with Laurie, because Carlo, comes across as a very fine and sensible man.

I know it's easier to talk about something rather than do something, but when a man like Ancelotti, who has done everything, says he thinks the club is going to grow very quickly, it definitely warms the heart.

The thing that stood out the most in the whole article to me, was when “our manager” talked about a sense of belonging, and it's only when you think about this, that you realise how important this is.

And after Richarlison's comments yesterday, hopefully it's beginning to spread from the staff he talks about, and onto his players, because this is the thing that will really help create a winning mentality, and that feeling that a “sense of belonging” is so, so important.

Tony Hill
3 Posted 20/06/2020 at 08:55:55
I agree with Laurie and Tony. He's a good, calm man and I have hopes of him. But I need to get that godawful drubbing at Chelsea out of my mind.
Joe McMahon
4 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:10:27
My main concern with Carlo is that he may realise trying to turn good ship Everton around is just too huge a task. He has (on the whole) worked with ready-made squads, used to or ready to win silverware. Trying to turn the likes of Tom Davies and Sigurdsson into a midfield dynamos would even be beyond the Magician Dynamo.
David Thomas
5 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:28:26
I am very pleased Carlo is our manager but I'm sure he knows privately that he will have to spend mega money to make us a team that can challenge again. There is very few if any in the current squad who would consistently play for a top 3 or 4 team.
Derek Thomas
6 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:32:38
Community, blah, blah, project, blah, blah, New Stadium, Fanbase. All this is just by the numbers PR filler.

The key bit is this ...

“You coach because what you want is to play. I'd like to play the game, not prepare it, but I'm 61 and if you can't play, coaching keeps that passion alive."

And so says ever arl arse that ever took kicking a ball seriously... well me anyway.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 20/06/2020 at 09:46:10
Very encouraging words from Carlo, which is music to the fans' ears in these peculiar times due to Covid-19. It is evident he intends to see out his tenure at least, which is also encouraging, and possibly even extend it.

In some ways, I feel sorry for him having inherited such a mish-mash of some good, some bad, and some downright coyote ugly. I just hope too, of the ones who are destined to stay with us, they adopt Carlo's philosophy and play to the maximum of their abilities.

Even before the break, there were too many who didn't seem to be fully committed, and just seemed to be going through the motions. It's been said before, and maybe this is the wrong thread, but I hope Duncan is allowed to bellow from the dug-out for the derby Game and all games thereafter.

Just like it was when Carlo first arrived, and we got unexpected results!

Brian Harrison
8 Posted 20/06/2020 at 10:54:32
I think we are very lucky to have such a talented manager and also a great human being in charge. I still pinch myself that Farhad and maybe Usmanov persuaded Carlo to join us. In all of our history, we have never come close to having such a decorated coach, a man who has won everything. Let's not forget, this man has won more Champions League trophies than both Guardiola and Mourhino.

There will be no quick fix; this is probably Carlo Ancelotti's biggest challenge, but he seems to be relishing the challenge. He also seems to love living near the beach at Crosby, and is embracing the culture of the club. His class just shines through every time he speaks to the press.

I know some fans thought he had only signed to top up his pension but, as he said himself, he has enough money and this move had nothing to do with money. Again our players, like Carlo, have taken a 30- 50% wage deferral, unlike our neighbours who wanted to join the furlough scheme. I guess none of their players or staff have taken a wage deferral as it would have been blazoned across every national paper.

Tony Everan
9 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:37:38
Carlo hasn't signed a player yet and he seems like part of the club already. I think we have to have a bit of patience while assembles a team based on the players he signs this summer. At the moment he is doing his utmost to form a working team with the squad available. He and all of us know that the squad needs reinforcement.

“The idea is to improve the club with signings, we're clear on that”

Is this a direct reminder to Mr Moshiri that he doesn't want any nonsense when it comes to recruiting his players? He has been told he will be backed and he fully expects it.

Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 20/06/2020 at 12:43:07
The man is a PR dream.
Danny ONeill
11 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:11:49
"You coach because you want to play". A true football person. I still think I've got it and "kick" every ball on the sidelines!!

We have a class act for a manager as well as a proven winner who will install a winning mentality into his team.

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:34:24
Great article, and great photo of him shoving past Maradona (lotta hair in that picture).

I really do enjoy having this man as our manager, and I haven't been able to say that about most of our recent gaffers. He's a genuine, thoughtful gentleman with a fresh perspective.

Tim Taylor
13 Posted 20/06/2020 at 13:58:37
Just wanted to agree with the others... every time he speaks he reinforces what a true gentleman he is. I have a Chelski supporting pal who is still sorry they got shot. Let's hope he can make something out of what he's given – if he can't, I'm not sure anyone can.
Pat Kelly
14 Posted 20/06/2020 at 14:59:11
Spent his time watching "historical documentaries". Or the trophy years as we call them.
Jerome Shields
15 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:05:32
Everton is probably Ancelotti's biggest test yet. It will interesting to see the team that lines out at the start of next season. Pre-season is going to be vital, as will be the transfer window. The next month will be about staying in the Premier League.
Jay Harris
16 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:09:32
What a great change from "knives to a gunfight", "phenomenal" and "unlucky".

If anyone is to get us back on our pedestal, it is this man who is so sincere and bursting with integrity.

Jack Convery
17 Posted 20/06/2020 at 15:12:59
Steve Hogan
18 Posted 20/06/2020 at 21:40:35
Moshiri and Kenwright (there, I've said it) done wonders to obtain the services of one of Europe's most distinguished managers.

It is just disappointing he's found himself, to some degree, with his hands tied. The sheer folly and poor player recruitment of past regimes, and the real potential of a hefty fine for transgressing Financial Fair Play rules means that he is going to be really astute in the transfer market, whilst similarly off-loading those squad players who have no future at Goodison.

However, if ever there was an individual capable of giving us real progress on the field, I'm convinced Carlo is the man.

I'm genuinely looking forward to next season, even with only a limited number of 'Carlo chosen' additions to the team.

I actually think a number of our younger players, including Digne, Richarlison, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Gomes, Gordon etc, give us a strong core of developing players.

We do need a number of quality additions though in key areas; let's hope Carlo can get the player's he wants.

Jamie Crowley
19 Posted 20/06/2020 at 23:19:53
I absolutely love this man. And the fact he's very keen to point out how young and developing we are is absolutely key for me.

I've been saying for about a year or so I honestly believe we're a time-bomb ticking. When some of these kids mature under Carlo's tutelage, we're going to be one hell of a team in my opinion.

And most importantly, I've had fun watching again. His brand of football is a-okay by me.

Derek Taylor
20 Posted 21/06/2020 at 12:06:35
He says all the right things – just as did Martinez – but somehow they seem more sincere. Probably he really knows the difference between ducks and swans and realizes by now how many of the former he's inherited!
Paul Burns
21 Posted 23/06/2020 at 16:48:54
Ancelotti should have questioned the pathetic assertation that Everton are "unfashionable". It's this type of labelling that will kill a club faster than a shit team. It puts players off from signing for you when your considerable achievements are continually understated, downplayed and scorned.

We've been getting this garbage for decades yet neither the club or its employees ever do anything to counteract or dispute it. Everton FC have never recognised the value of publicity and seem content to sit back and let sleazebag journalists slander us with no response.

No wonder we can't put a winning team together with this handicap.

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