Cahill and Martinez see bright future under Ancelotti

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Tim Cahill pictured at Goodison Park ahead of the Merseyside derby last month, Everton's first game back since the Covid-19 shutdown

Two former Everton figures are predicting good things for the club under manager Carlo Ancelotti but they stress that it's going to take time.

Goodison favourite Tim Cahill and former boss Roberto Martinez have both been asked for their thoughts on the Blues' future in the wake of yesterday's disappointing performance and result against Tottenham as the Italian continues his introduction to life at Goodison Park.

Cahill specifically addressed the more immediate concerns of playing systems and transfer policy, citing the recruitment failures under Ancelotti's predecessors which have saddled Everton with a number of expensive but unproductive players.

He was optimistic, however, based on what he has seen from Ancelotti over the past six months.

"It's going to take time because of the players and the restructure of the club,” the Australian was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “He's inherited players that have been signed for £30 to £50m — a hell of a lot of money and it's not good enough for the club.

"He's basically trying to recalibrate the team. First, defensively, not conceding goals; second the tactics. Sometimes you see when they go up, they play three centre-backs in a 3-4-3.

"There's so many different things you can see, there's a style to Everton's play, which is what I like. I can see patterns, I can see things.

"It wasn't good enough [against Spurs] but we'll see what happens in the next few games. [Ancelotti] needed more accountability from them to get on the ball, play forward, quicker, sharper and it was just flat.”

Martinez, meanwhile, was speaking to Mirror Football and he believes that in the longer term, success will return to Goodison under Ancelotti.

"You don't have to be realistic,” he said, “there's no such word in football. It's realistic with what you compare it [to]. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in the world; the experience and know-how that he has.

“[At] Everton, the history of winning nine league titles is always there in the minds of football fans. It's just a matter of time before Everton win silverware and will have fantastic years to celebrate them. I am absolutely convinced the club is destined to do that.

"[Ancelotti]'s a manager that can cope with the expectations; now it's just [about] making sure that he's got the time to build a side which could bring silverware to Goodison Park and try to get closer to those top four positions.

"He knows exactly what to do to adapt to what's needed.

"So far it's been an introduction to steady the football club and try to give players an opportunity to express themselves and gather a lot of information to build his team.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing his first full season and the shape of a team playing his football."


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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 07/07/2020 at 20:10:33
Comforting words. I also trust Carlo Ancellotti to make a silk purse out of a pigs ear.
Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 07/07/2020 at 20:19:31
I hope & believe you're right, Colin. However, I suspect that when we eventually reach the end of this ridiculous season Carlo may well make it clear that some of these ears are sub-standard & need replacing. Let's hope the Board don't turn a deaf ear!
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 07/07/2020 at 20:26:55
I think we'll be fine under Carlo, Dennis. He's a winner and IF he gets his players in you'll see a huge improvement next season.
Andrew Dempsey
4 Posted 08/07/2020 at 03:44:15
It's cloud-cuckoo land.
Martinez's words sum it up. He's a man who can't stop bleating delusional nonsense.
And no, what I'm saying is not delusional nonsense. It's the opposite.
Ancelotti is the worst appointment in the History of the club, not the worst manager, but the most foolhardy appointment.
Big players will arrive on big wages and it has to work out, otherwise it will be a giant financial mess that will take more wasted years to sort out.
I don't think it will work out. I'm being negative about the future of Everton football club, and that's a reasonable position to take, seeing what's been achieved in the past thirty years.
It's not doom and gloom and total disaster though, that would entail some kind of drama and excitement, it'll just be more mind-numbing mediocrity.
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 08/07/2020 at 05:43:59
And how many other managers with his qualifications were/are available?

My choice was Simeone and it was rumoured that he was approached but otherwise who, Mourinho, no thanks. If Ancelotti doesn't work out then it will be back to gambling on an up and coming, that is, unproven manager.

If Mr Brands can find bargain priced promising youngsters to compliment Mr Ancelotti's current requirements then we might just see the situation turned around but the biggest problem will be the financial restraints put in place by the football authorities. At the very least I think we have a Manager who will change game plans to suit both the players available and the opposition instead of one trick ponies who want to play the same patterns regardless.

Jack Convery
6 Posted 08/07/2020 at 06:04:25
Jack Convery
7 Posted 08/07/2020 at 06:04:25
Carlo must be given time and the players he wants. Not the ones Brands think might be a good bet. 3 to 4 players with experience and a hunger to win within them. Get the losers out - we know who they are. Get them out on loan if no one wants to buy them but get them out. Tell Siggy to start looking for a new club and never play him again. Play Kean from the start for the rest of this tiresome season and play Richy on the Right and Gordon on the left.

If fit my team for rest of season would be

Coleman Keane Mina and Digne
Richy Holgate Gomes Gordon
DCL Kean.

Subs Virginia, Braithwaite, Beni, Baines, Bernard, Davies Iwobi.

Jack Convery
8 Posted 08/07/2020 at 06:04:25
Carlo must be given time and the players he wants. Not the ones Brands think might be a good bet. 3 to 4 players with experience and a hunger to win within them. Get the losers out - we know who they are. Get them out on loan if no one wants to buy them but get them out. Tell Siggy to start looking for a new club and never play him again. Play Kean from the start for the rest of this tiresome season and play Richy on the Right and Gordon on the left.

If fit my team for rest of season would be

Coleman Keane Mina and Digne
Richy Holgate Gomes Gordon
DCL Kean.

Subs Virginia, Braithwaite, Beni, Baines, Bernard, Davies Iwobi.

Daniel A Johnson
9 Posted 08/07/2020 at 11:55:05
Ancelotti gets a free pass this season as hes inherited a dogs dinner of a squad and to be fair we have improved but then again the benchmark wasnt set high was it? There has also still been signs (Chelsea, Spurs Liverpool) that this group of players are still just as capable of returning to their ussual type of playing shite regardless of his influence.

We need 5-6 new players and quickly but that wont happen as COVID has tightened the purse strings and moved the goalposts. So I'm concerned next season will be more status quo with this "quality group" of players.

If were not going to give Ancelotti money to spend to rebuild the squad then why is he here on a rumoured ٧M a year?

.........then again I think I just answered my own Question.

Mike Corcoran
10 Posted 08/07/2020 at 12:07:43
My humble opinion is Ancelloti gets a tune out of what he is given to work with, instilling tactical nous and good team spirit, leading to over achievement. If he gets given better players we will achieve more. If he doesn't, then we will achieve more than expected to with that given set of players. It crumples the brain though to imagine how Brands could weed out the dead wood brought in, make improvements in playing staff, and satisfy both FFP and the bank of Farhad.
Barry Rathbone
11 Posted 08/07/2020 at 13:54:40
Delusional to think Carlo will get time. Moyes drained that tank – there's no gas left at that particular pump. As Elvis said: "It's now or never"...

If real signs of improvement aren't apparent within the first 10 games of next season, torches will be lit and pitchforks sharpened. He needs urgency in this transfer window or he'll be joining Ronald and Bobby as a part-timer at international level.

Michael O'Malley
12 Posted 08/07/2020 at 14:14:03
It's depressing to think that fans still reminisce about Roberto's first season and our “74 point PL record” season as a highlight. It was a good season challenging for top 4 until the all but predictable let down of the last 8 games or so, our Premier League record is pathetic, 2013 at old Trafford was our last win at a sky 6 club (40 matches!). Everton fans deserve a team to be proud about, one that fights TIL the end not the pathetic uninterested rabble we seen at Spurs
Patrick McFarlane
13 Posted 08/07/2020 at 14:29:00
Daniel #9
It was rumoured by some outlets that Carletto would receive a salary of £11.5m and a £2.5m bonus if Everton averted relegation - nice work if you can get it eh!
Daniel A Johnson
14 Posted 08/07/2020 at 16:04:10
Patrick #13

If thats true then bloody hell. No wonder he believes in the project, loves the club and likes Liverpool (the city obv).

Minik Hansen
15 Posted 08/07/2020 at 17:05:20
As long as Ancelotti got the passion, we just need to help him keeping it up, and we're on the right path. It sickens me too, of this mess we've been in, but a handful of players have moved on. Patience..

Who knows how much we can spend/how the squad is gonna look like next season.

Harry Williams
16 Posted 08/07/2020 at 20:02:38
#13 - There's me thinking Ferguson got us out of relegation!!!
Tony Twist
17 Posted 08/07/2020 at 20:48:39
I don't see a bright future at all, not with the present set up. Footballers that can't play football, footballers whose fitness is second rate, footballers who crack at the first sign of pressure, a naive buying mentality that has seen us waste so much money and a lack of plan or not much of one to put us right. It is disturbing the standards set by this club.
Mal van Schaick
18 Posted 10/07/2020 at 11:13:50
Martinez ‘the yapper' who talks nonsense, has got his Rose Tinted glasses back on. He couldn't see the problems when he was the manager, so he's not qualified to have an opinion of Everton or Ancelotti.

Cahill has the passion, but may be his judgement is clouded because of his love for the club.

The only chance of Everton having a bright future, is if Moshiri gets it right with his management team and board. Up to now it's been blunder after blunder, aside from Richarlison, Digne, Mina, Michael Keane, CL, and Holgate.

There may be bright future, but that is dependent on our arrival in the top four regularly with far better quality players than we have now.

Pat Waine
19 Posted 10/07/2020 at 13:26:42
Neither Cahill or Martinez mention the mess made by Koeman but it should be obvious to all Evertonians. Ronald Koeman was the first manager that got serious money to spend and wasted huge amounts of it. We are consequently left with crap that we have to get rid of.

The real problem is the wages some of these are on that make moving them out impossible. Koeman wrecked Everton and I knew it would take years to repair.

Lee Brownlie
20 Posted 11/07/2020 at 15:05:02
Unfortunately, Martinez also saw a 'bright future' and even a bright present, under himself... even as we were getting well beaten by the likes of Sunderland!! Hence, I'll take his 'positive' words with the pinch of dodgy salt they deserve!!!

I still remain hopeful, under Carlo, however, though it's just hard to feel our on-pitch fortunes are about to suddenly change when we've always been so let down in recent years, especially because of our dodgy mentality as a team too often of also-rans who seem wholly unable to change to regular winners!!!

Karl Meighan
21 Posted 14/07/2020 at 15:14:31
The problem with Brands is that he is trying to weed out deadwood but then replacing it with absolute shite.

This Fuckwit should for a start be sniffing around the Chelsea academy and fringe players. There overloaded with midfielders and have in the past let DeBruyne and Salah go at a cost well within are budget.

City have let Sancho go then there is the redshite with Ings, these are players that fit what we should be looking for.

The only chance we have of singning these kind of players is taking a chance on them before they can establish themselves. Surely playing infront of a packed Goodison is better than playing reserve team football.

Kase Chow
22 Posted 15/07/2020 at 00:24:00
Brands has been a failure thus far.

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