Carlo Ancelotti is set to be appointed as Everton’s next permanent manager before the club’s fixture with Arsenal at Goodison Park this weekend.
The Italian has been in advanced talks about becoming the club’s new manager over the past week, the club having identified the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss as their number one candidate to replace the sacked Marco Silva.
The Merseyside club have struggled for form so far this season and currently sit just three points outside of the Premier League‘s relegation places, though their capture of Ancelotti will be seen as a massive coup with the 60-year-old having now finalised the terms of his departure from Napoli.
Several of his preferred coaching staff, including son Davide, will also make the switch to English football, Ancelotti having been given assurances by owner Farhad Moshiri that finances will be available to strengthen his under-performing squad in the coming transfer windows as they bid to challenge the top six.
The news is likely to be greeted with excitement by the Everton supporters as they attract one of European football’s leading coaches, Ancelotti having won domestic titles in four different countries including winning a Premier League and FA Cup double during a two-year spell at Chelsea.
The deal, which is thought to be worth around £11.5 million-a-year, is expected to run until 2024, while current interim manager Duncan Ferguson could take the reigns of the Blues Premier League fixture against Arsenal at the weekend, with the club legend likely to remain as part of Ancelotti’s coaching staff.