Everton have announced the appointment of highly-regarded manager Carlo Ancelotti in what is a significant coup for the club.
Everton took the decision to fire Marco Silva after the club had drifted into the relegation places under the Portuguese’s management, and while likes of David Moyes and Eddie Howe were initially linked with the role, Napoli’s decision to sack Ancelotti last week prompted them to target the Italian.
The 60-year-old is one of the worlds most decorated managers having won three Champions League titles, as well as winning league titles in four countries, including winning a Premier League and FA Cup double during his time with Chelsea.
Duncan Ferguson enjoyed a successful spell as interim manager, and the former striker will lead the club one last time in today’s game against Arsenal, and Ancelotti has praised Ferguson’s spell in charge and also revealed what attracted him to the Goodison Park club.
“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base,” Ancelotti told the club 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.”
Ancelotti will be in the stands for today’s lunchtime kick-off against Arsenal, with his first game in charge coming on Boxing Day against Burnley.