Everton have confirmed the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their permanent manager.
The 60-year-old Italian tactician, who previously guided Chelsea to Premier League success, follows Marco Silva in the Goodison Park dugout.
Carlo Ancelotti hire a big statement Everton? Five key things to know…
- Carlo Ancelotti previously won the Premier League while in charge of Chelsea…
- …which makes him one of just three active managers in the competition to have won (along with Mourinho and Guardiola).
- Ancelotti has a 63% winning record in England’s top division.
- He also has a winning record against future Merseyside rival Jurgen Klopp (3 wins to 2 defeats).
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola has yet to defeat Ancelotti, losing both of their previous meetings.
A run of eight wins from 19 matches this season ultimately saw Silva shown the exit door at Goodison Park, where his final outing was a humbling 5-2 defeat at Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who recently faced Ancelotti in the Champions League.
While managing Napoli the three-time European Cup-winning manager would take four points off the defending champions including a 2-0 win at the Stadio San Paolo.
Both of these results only maintained his impressive personal record against Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp; across six matches, all of them in the Champions League, he’s claimed three wins to Klopp’s two.
Klopp isn’t the only high-profile current Premier League coach Ancelotti has done extremely well against. Guardiola is also yet to inflict a defeat on the former Real Madrid boss. They’ve met twice before coming in the 2013/14 Champions League semi-finals, which included that now infamous 4-0 win in Munich.
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Ancelotti’s lured by Everton’s “clear vision”
To say Ancelotti is excited about returning to English football is an understatement. He previously contested 76 games in the Premier League, all with Chelsea, winning 48 and losing on 15 occasions.
Ancelotti inherits an Everton side battling to maintain their top-flight status. Since leaving Parma in the late 1990s he’s never managed a club not challenging for championships, so this is a whole new experience for him, but one that he is relishing.
“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base,” he told the club’s official website. “There is a clear vision from the Owner and the Board to deliver success and trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager and I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the Club to help make that vision a reality.
“I have seen from the performances in the last two weeks that the players are capable of so much. The work Duncan has done is a great credit to him. Strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation are some of the key ingredients in football and I’m pleased that he will be part of my backroom team moving forward.”
Everton drew 0-0 at home to Arsenal in Gameweek 18’s early kick-off. Their next Premier League fixture, and Ancelotti’s first in charge, takes place at home to Burnley on Boxing Day. They are currently 15th in the table.
Ancelotti’s first five fixtures as Everton manager:
Thursday, 26th December: Burnley (H)
Saturday, 28th December: Newcastle United (A)
Wednesday, 1st January 2020: Manchester City (A)
Sunday, 5th January: Liverpool (A), FA Cup
Saturday, 11th January: Brighton (H), Premier League