Everton must confront the truth regarding manager jobs thanks to Carlo Ancelotti, Sam Allardyce, and Ronald Koeman.
Many fans have expressed a wish for Carlo Ancelotti to be replaced as Everton manager by a hungry up-and-coming manager, and being the Blues boss has frequently been a younger man’s game.
Ancelotti turns 62 today, and while his defection to Real Madrid just 18 months into his contract at Goodison Park should ensure he doesn’t get many cards from Merseyside any longer, could his advanced age have played a part in his decision to return to Los Blancos and have another go in one of football’s hottest seats?
The Italian had stated earlier this year that he planned to extend his tenure at Everton in order to lead the club into their projected new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is set to open in the 2024/25 season, but he finally decided to walk away from the Blues long-term vision.
Apart from his seven-and-a-half year term at Milan, where he had his most successful period as a player, Ancelotti has never stayed in any other position for more than two years in his coaching career, which spans more than a quarter-century.
Despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea in his first season abroad, he was notably stripped of his duties before leaving the stadium after a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on the final day of the 2010/11 season.
Long-suffering Evertonians were willing to give the man they’d called “Carlo Fantastico” time to turn their ailing fortunes around, unlike Stamford Bridge supremo Roman Abramovich or even Bernabeu boss Florentino Perez, who when asked why he sacked Ancelotti in 2015 answered, “I don’t know.”
Despite a promising start to the strange, primarily behind closed doors 2020/21 Premier League season, which saw the Blues top the table early on, the campaign was primarily a grind for the club, with mediocre and unadventurous football being played.
A win at Anfield for the first time since 1999 and a first ever at the Emirates – the task now is to repeat the accomplishments in front of sold-out crowds – was tempered by a poor record at Goodison Park. The summary comes to a close.