Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he is ‘doing everything’ to end Everton’s long wait for a major trophy as the club prepare to face Tottenham in the FA Cup’s fifth round tomorrow.
Everton are without a major honour since winning the FA Cup in 1995 and have struggled to compete with England’s leading sides since that triumph, reaching just one further final in the 26 years since Joe Royle’s side beat Manchester United at Wembley.
Ancelotti’s arrival on Merseyside has since raised optimism that the Toffees can finally end their trophy drought, the Italian having won an extensive collection of silverware across spells at some of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Everton have shown signs of progress this season and remain in contention for a top four finish in the Premier League, though Ancelotti has outlined his long-term ambition is to bring trophies to Goodison Park.
“We are working for this, I know how the Evertonians are desperate to have trophy back,” Ancelotti told his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t know really if it is the right time this season, what I can ensure is we are doing everything to try and have a trophy here as soon as possible.”
However, Ancelotti reiterated that reaching Europe remains the club’s main focus for the current campaign, Everton currently seventh in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.
“The most important is to reach the place in Europe for the stability [of the club],” he said.
“For the happiness of course a trophy is really important. But the stability of the club will have a big improvement if we reach Europe.”