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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti set for Real Madrid return

Carlo Ancelotti looks set to leave Everton and return to Real Madrid as manager.

Ancelotti had emerged as the surprise frontrunner to take the role made vacant by Zinedine Zidane’s resignation at the Bernabeu, with the Spanish giants making an approach for the Italian who previously coached the club between 2013 and 2015.

 

Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, has now reported that the deal is close to being completed, with an agreement reached for the termination of his contract with Everton ahead of a return to the Spanish capital.

Ancelotti spent two seasons with Real Madrid and guided the club to Champions League success in his debut campaign, winning the club’s 10th title in the competition and the fabled La Decima against Atletico Madrid.

He departed at the end of the following campaign after an indifferent season, though remains a well-respected figure amongst the Madrid hierarchy and has been selected over names including Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino and Raul.

Zidane chose to leave Real for a second time last week after citing differences with the club’s hierarchy, revealing in a letter to the supporters that he felt he had lost the trust of the board.

Speaking in a letter, published by AS, Zidane said: “I am not abandoning ship and I am not tired of coaching.

“I am going because I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need and doesn’t offer me the support needed to build something in the mid and long term. Over the last few months, I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president to have been a bit different to that of other managers.”

Everton now look set to seek a replacement with names such as Eddie Howe, Rafael Benitez, Nuno Espirito Santo and assistant manager Duncan Ferguson already being mentioned as potential successors to Ancelotti.

The Italian was appointed as a manager at Goodison Park in December 2019 and led Everton to a 10th-placed finish in his first full campaign in charge.

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