Ancelotti hails great spirit but notes room for improvement

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Carlo Ancelotti says that he was pleased with the way his side reasserted themselves after having their lead wiped out by Newcastle as they engineered a 2-1 win at St James' Park to finish 2019 with back-to-back victories.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck twice as the Blues won on their travels for only the second time this season and the Italian recorded a second successive victory to start his tenure.

“The victory [was the most important thing]”, Ancelotti said afterwards. “We are judged on the result of the game.

“I felt that for the first 20 minutes it was really good. We scored a goal and could have scored another one but the second part of the first half was really difficult.

“We have to take everything into consideration. We have to improve, we need to have more control because in the second part of the first half we suffered a lot.

“But we came back into the game in the second half. Newcastle [tied] the game but we were focused and in the end I think we deserved to win.”

Asked if he was surprised by the fact that this was only Everton's second away win in 13 games, the manager replied: “I saw a team with a fantastic spirit and the job that Duncan did before I arrived was fantastic because I found players with a great spirit.

“So after that, we tried to do something new and to play football because we are paid to play football.

“We started the game with a lot of strikers. For 60 minutes, Moise Kean played really well, he was dangerous and he created opportunities. After that, I wanted to put more balance in the team, putting a centre midfielder in like Fabian. That was the plan and it worked very well.”

Ancelotti was asked about Calvert-Lewin who scored his seventh and eighth goals of the Premier League campaign and his 10th overall.

“The presence that he has in the box is very important for us,” Ancelotti said of the 22-year-old. “He's sharp, he's clever on the box. OK, he can improve with his movement but he is young and he is very important for us.”

 

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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 29/12/2019 at 00:45:07
Lyndon you rightly contrast the differences in Management ability and awareness. Everton always went for the cheap option when selecting a Manager and when they did go for a expensive one, Koeman, they did not look at his actual record and certainly did not read Spanish press reports.

A Big Club should be recruiting a Big Manager with the record to prove it. Man United and Arsenal are falling into the same trap. Why ? Because Big Clubs end up eventually with duff internal Management, who think they know, when they actually know nothing.

Ancelotti has seen this many times and in the main has survived. In Everton he identified a Big Club who are about to turn the corner in this regard. He would not have joined Man United, Arsenal or Tottenham who haven't and will not for years.

At last after 20 years Everton have turned the corner and are back to reality of what it takes to win.

In early Dec I thought I would never live long enough to see that day.


Phil Lewis
2 Posted 29/12/2019 at 01:01:36
Of course it is much too early into Ancellotti's tenure to draw conclusions or even make comparisons. Let's not get carried away. But one thing is already clearly apparent to me. He has got the team into a rhythm. They have pace and the passing is much crisper, nowhere near as sloppy or ragged. Openings are being created. The passion, which to his credit Duncan Ferguson infused, has been harnessed and our pattern of play seems more controlled. His team selection and use of substitutes at crucial times reflect his ability and experience. His changes and tweeks have been subtle but extremely effective. A far cry from incessant sideways passing and constant possession loss.
Early days, yes, but most encouraging thus far, none the less.
Paul Kernot
3 Posted 29/12/2019 at 03:16:45
Reasons to be cheerful, 1 - 2 -3.
Seasons greetings to all ToffeeWebbers from sunny NZ. Its 4pm here and 27 degrees but the footie I'm watching is providing a warm fuzzie too.

We certainly do have reasons to be cheerful:
1. Silva & his rigid style have gone.
2. Duncan gave us back some real belief and now
3. This guy. This guy plus Dunc. Haven't looked forward to getting up early to watch the game like I did this morning since waiting for the bloke in red to arrive back home in Whiston.

Andrew James
4 Posted 29/12/2019 at 03:19:52
Rather too many of our previous coaches would have pointed to our recent abysmal away record to take credit (Koeman/Allardyce) or just been elated about this result (Silva/Martinez).

Instead Carlo gives a cool analysis of it. When you've won 3 Champions Leagues, you don't get excited nor complacent about a win at Newcastle.

The next few games might be tough yet by late February I think we will be enjoying ourselves.

Interesting stat I heard today, no Everton coach in Premier League history for us has won their first two matches other than Joe Royle, David Moyes and now Carlo Ancelotti. The first being our last trophy winner and the second being the closest to it in nearly 20 years.

He's setting a standard that he wants the players to aspire to.

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 29/12/2019 at 04:35:10
It's interesting that he doesn't go overboard with his praise and you can almost hear the unasked question;
Q: Did any of your players have a bad game?
A: Are you not listening, we won and you don't do that if somebody doesn't play well and when we work on a few things we will get even better results.

Confidence will be sky high and everyone will be on time at FF on Monday. I'll bet he could even make the trains run on time.

Paul Ferry
6 Posted 29/12/2019 at 06:23:30
These two matches - it's only two matches, I know - give the lie to more than a few posters on here who bleakly said that Carlo would not elevate or get the best out of this current squad.

I've lost count of the number of formation changes in 190 minutes, but they thrill me - Mike Gaynes is good on these counts, and follow-up analysis. And in each instance the eleven on the field after an education in substitutions have responded beautifully. To think, only a dozen days ago, someone on here called for gingerbread for two years with the pigeon fancier as his shadow. Seems like night and day.

This current squad is very good and collectively astute. It was not coached with its potential in mind until a week ago. Yes, we need incoming and Brands and Ancelotti will sort that out. Imagine, an EFC gaffer who turns quality players heads. Just watching him on the touchline gives me goosebumps. That perfectly tailored shift from the immaculate conception white shirt to the silky blue/white classy stripes tie lying meaningfully below the winterish smooth waisty enveloped by a jacket that never moves too far to the right or left. Classically arranged, like his selections, formations, and substitutions, Look what he has done for our Icelander and him in return in erm three days. Welcome back Guilfi. The corners were spot on today. Look at Tom Davies. How proud must his uncle be.

The bard of Boundary Road - Darren Hind - has been calling it so for over a year about Dominic - any second thoughts Jim Benning. Calvin was a joy today. And who could ever put Leighton Baines in the past tense. These players play for each other, their gaffer, and us. I always disliked the they-could-not-give-a-shit stuff. The embodiment of this is Richarlison. Our jewel in the crown, for whom tracking back is part of what he is, pace is at least the third round of the Olympics, footy instinct is innate, goal-sniffing is Sheeds twice-taken free kick, heading ability is, well, Dave Thomas good, and he listens when wiser heads advise don't be a fanny on the ground. I shudder to think what Richarlison will become after twelve months under Ancelotti's wing.

I've seen it all since 1969 and this is nowhere near the best of times but it's an optimistic time. How did we get this great manager - I applauded when we got Cypriot-in-all-but-name Michael Walker, he had done so well at Norwich, right

It''s astonishing to me that a manager who only knew these players and staff by video and word-of-mouth has gelled so well within a week.

Grazie signor Ancelotti, per averci fornito le tue conoscenze di alto livello. Grazie per aver creduto in noi. Grazie per la tua prima settimana Grazie per l'impegno che hai dimostrato in wow una settimana. Non vedo l'ora di vederti a Bramley Moore con I trofei. Ciao

John Audsley
7 Posted 29/12/2019 at 06:37:27
That was one of the best team performances I have seen for years. We managed a game better than I can remember.

Just contrast this with the Newcastle away game last season where the team and Silva melted.

Brilliant start from a very pragmatic and thoughtful manager.

Ajay Gopal
8 Posted 29/12/2019 at 07:00:16
All his substitutions had a positive impact. Delph immediately had a calming impact on the team, helping Everton calmly play out of the Newcastle 'press' for the winning goal. Coleman for Walcott added a lot of solidity to the Right, allowing Sidibe to push ahead where is more effective. The substitution of Mina for Baines gave us a massive physical presence in the closing minutes and nullified Carroll's threat. Very early days, and IMO too early to read too much into the results, but what a massive 2 weeks it has been for the club and supporters. 11 points out of a possible 15, is not shabby at all. Well done to Dunc and Carlo.
Danny O'Neill
9 Posted 29/12/2019 at 07:26:09
Well, this is by no means a "told you so" moment. I'm not that good at betting or predicting. However, I always stick by my principle of not worrying too much about the league table until after the Christmas period. That's when you get a better feel for where you are.

I also foolishly said at the beginning of the season, that, with the favourable fixture list we had on paper, providing we didn't "do an Everton", we could be in a strong position come the end of August.

Well, we done an Everton. But credit where due; the club (eventually) acted decisively and finally appointed someone with true pedigree rather than the experimental appointments we have endured previously.

We now sit 5 points of 6th, 6 points off 5th & dare I say it, 7 off 4th. European places are within 2 games reach. Going back to my pre-season observations. Tottenham will likely be mentally scarred from being nearly men for so long and missing out on the Champions league. Chelsea are experimenting with Lampard (with 4 losses in 6 he is only getting away with scrutiny because he's Franky Lampard). United, although starting to grind out some results, are still inconsistent & living with making a hasty, emotionally influenced decision on Solskjaer. Arsenal well, they're just Arsenal & all over the place. All of that still stands but to date, only Leicester have capitalised.

To reiterate, don't listen to my predictions, however my point stands with it all being there for the taking. Now, just maybe, we have the manager to install the mentality into the club that we can be one of those to take the opportunity.

Fran Mitchell
10 Posted 29/12/2019 at 07:53:39
A manager making substitutions with a clear plan as to how it will impact the ga e. Far cry from Silva's just throw anybody on and hope.

Beautiful.

Can't get carried away, but at the same time

Carlo Ancelotti is our manager. Brings a smile everytime I say it.

Niall McIlhone
11 Posted 29/12/2019 at 08:04:01
Ancelotti's big challenge overall is to re- balance the squad, in conjunction with Marcel Brands. This, I feel, is more important than Europa League qualification, however, we won't be able to attract the better players without a place in Europe so I can see why he has prioritised this.
An absolute priority for me is for the club to secure the services of Sidibe. It around £11 million he would be an absolute snip, and there is a very promising axis developing down the right flank with Coleman playing instinctively again, and with confidence.
Peter Roberts
12 Posted 29/12/2019 at 09:12:05
Fran

Spot on. I'm still in awe of our club finally showing some ambition (not since Walter Smith have I been so excited about a managerial appointment, despite the 3.5 years of disappointment that followed)

Easy to get carried away but feel the club is in great hands and CA is saying all the right things while acknowledging this is going to be a long term project. But who knows, win next Sunday and he might just become a legend before hes even begun.

Iain Love
13 Posted 29/12/2019 at 09:19:46
We now have a manager who knows how to make us a team, rather than a collection of individuals. We are lucky in the fact he became available when we were in the market. Even more so, we actually got him.

I, like many others, have questioned the team selection, tactics and game management of previous managers; in Carlo, with limited choices, he's excelled so far, plus his comments after games have taken young Dom to new levels.

I really liked the way young Moise Keane patted him on the back after being subbed, a far cry from previously and one that bodes well for the future.

Sean Kelly
14 Posted 29/12/2019 at 10:18:06
I love this guy. Proper leadership. Constructive criticism. He praises the players but is demanding improvement. He commands respect. It puts into perspective all the duff and cheap managers we have had. When things aren't going to plan he makes effective changes. Ok I'm getting carried away after a couple of games but he has changed attitudes and big Dunc can claim some of that too. Just proves players can spot a spoofer (Silva Koeman fat Sam) and pay no heed to them.
Stan Schofield
15 Posted 29/12/2019 at 11:13:53
His raised eyebrow is the best since Roger Moore in The Saint.
Brent Stephens
16 Posted 29/12/2019 at 11:19:28
Niall #11 - yes, so many improvements and Sidibe and the right flank I think is one of them. I have liked Sidibe anyway for his movement down the right and his crossing (accurate and looking for a particular man). I think he's stepped up a level as well, and his understanding with Coleman is developing quickly.
Shaun Laycock
17 Posted 29/12/2019 at 11:41:07
Cool, calm, analytical with a plan but can be (and is) flexible in his approach. Demands performances from every player and commands respect (both within and without the club)...when was the last time I could say all of that in ONE sentence. Early days yet but the signs are promising. The recruitment/retention/resale strategy needs to match this too. IDCWT (In Don Carlo we trust) COYB.
Fran Mitchell
18 Posted 29/12/2019 at 12:34:56
How he demands improvement from players is brilliant. What he says about DCL is music to our ears. He praises him for what he is good at, and points out how he can (and needs to) improve. No hyperbole or empty praise.

Imagine what he must say to the players, and how that can help them. For about 5 years our players have been running on auto-pilot. Getting by through their ability alone, without guidance.

This has lead to a seeming lack of plan, and thus ideas, and thus confidence.

Davies, after bursting into the scene, has looked lost, not knowing how to play. I can Ancelotti guiding him and leading to great improvement.

Sigurdsson has essentially been limited to his shooting ability, and never fitting into the team if Ancelotti guides him into a deep lying midfielder using his passing range, that alone could transform the team.

And so many others. Some players are lost causes, but I think this second half of the season couple be a treat.

And I believe my pre-season prediction of DCL making the Euro squad could well come good.

Danny O'Neill
19 Posted 29/12/2019 at 13:02:48
Davies still worries me Fran. He seems to consistently get leggy & gives possession away as the game goes on. Leicester was the prime example (2 goals) but he done it yesterday & in recent games too. As you say, maybe with the right guidance & management he can realise his potential because he's a great option to have.

Interesting stat from yesterday was who covered the most ground over the 90; Sigurdsson. Not something he is renowned for & something he has often been slated for not doing.

I have to call out Newcastle as I was talking to a Geordie friend throughout. What a god awful & ugly approach to football. I was particularly pleased with the initial build up to our 2and goal. We let them run around like headless chickens thinking they were Liverpool under Klopp as we stroked it around, tiring them out. Trying hard may please the natives, but will only get you so far.

Brent Stephens
20 Posted 29/12/2019 at 13:13:11
Fran #18, re Carlo playing Siggy in that deeper (and, yesterday effective) role. It's interesting how, in such a short time, Carlo has tweaked so many things. Sure, he'll have been watching all the tapes. But with so little time to get over to the players what he wants out of players individually and collectively.
Derek Wadeson
21 Posted 29/12/2019 at 13:31:41
In a month we have gone from no plan B, to a coach who says now lets try plan C within the timeframe of a game.
Andrew James
22 Posted 29/12/2019 at 13:36:14
Danny

I think the reason Davies gets leggy is two fold.

He doesn't get runs of games so recently when he came back he'd not played a full match for months.

Secondly, he's running around and "the legs" for immobile players like Gylfi so is bound to get knackered as he's over compensating for certain team mates.

A run of matches and playing in a settled team would do him good.

Derek Knox
23 Posted 29/12/2019 at 14:35:28
Andrew @ 22, Admittedly Gylfi has been below par in recent weeks but yesterday he made up for it. I am not one usually for Stats and Heat Maps, but it would be interesting for once, to see and compare.

The only one as I saw it that didn't compare to the others was Theo Walcott.

Danny O'Neill
24 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:00:34
Possibly Andrew. The stat I on Sigutdsson i highlight above made for interesting hearing given the point you call him out for (which I acknowledge).

Maybe for Tom, Gilfi & all the players its clean slate time & an opportunity to listen & learn from someone who has coached the best.

David Midgley
26 Posted 29/12/2019 at 15:58:59
AJT, #5:

He's not that good.

David Midgley
27 Posted 29/12/2019 at 16:09:24
Very, very early days. It's 50 years since we've had a proper headmaster at The School of Science.
Niall McIlhone
28 Posted 29/12/2019 at 16:13:11
Brent#16. I also think Ancelotti will give Walcott his chances, but unlike Sidibe, I fear that Theo might be beyond coaching now at the age he is? Theo has always had blistering pace, and can finish, but I don' t feel he has truly developed at Everton, other than his levels of effort in bits of defending?

Sidibe, however, looks like he has no fear going forward, his passing and crossing are very good, and the manager will hopefully develop his defensive game if he stays with us. It would be unfair to write off Theo, who has put a decent shift in when selected, but, to me, having the option of Sidibe bolsters our options in defence, and in tight games where we need to make the most of what crossing opportunities we have.

John Boon
29 Posted 29/12/2019 at 16:24:29
I am impressed by the fact that Ancelotti still sees room for improvement despite a very good win. The game was very well managed from start to finish. The last few games have also demonstrated that we do have good players. Renewed confidence is a massive boost to both the individual players and the team.

Having just watched Arsenal, I am pleased that we did not get Arteta. A great player but still an unproven manager.

Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:04:22
Fran #18, I've been advocating for the past year that Sigurdsson would be better as a deep-lying midfielder. Aside from the passing ability, he has excellent defensive fundamentals, and his lack of pace ceases to be a problem if he's further back.

Danny #19, re "not something he's renowned for"... you are incorrect, sir. In fact, Sigurdsson led the entire Premier League in ground covered his last season at Swansea, was 3rd in the Premier League during his first season with us, and was 9th last season. I've certainly never seen him slated for lack of work rate -- he's the club leader in almost every game.

https://www.90min.com/posts/6299626-the-10-players-who-have-covered-the-most-distance-during-the-2018-19-premier-league-season

Rudi Coote
31 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:13:33
Great win inspired by a tactical genius. Saddens me somewhat as to why we put up with Silva till after the derby. I think it was the same with Martinez: got stuffed by the RS, then he was sacked. I'm open to being corrected.

We're on the up, even if it is only 2 games.

Danny O'Neill
32 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:35:32
Mike, happy you call me out. I'll be honest, I went off the general criticism I see aimed at Sigurdsson on this site. I rate him highly and don't always equate running around like a headless chicken to contribution (hence my Newcastle dig earlier). Intelligent players don't always have to. Sheedy rarely broke a sweat. but won games. He broke play up to create the goal against Burnley timing & intelligent positioning.
John Pierce
33 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:37:44
You get what you pay for. Ancelotti offers insight and in game management.

Many younger coaches deal in perfectionism, Silva was right up there, the lack of realism was pap

Players need simple messages. One or two ideas that they master, then you layer on top as you go.

The best manager I ever had gave us as a team three things to combat the opposition. Then he'd go round us all in the warm up and individually tell us what he wanted.

At half time that message was reinforced or if we'd cottoned on he'd give us another objective to build on.

Patterns of play, technical issues or set pieces were never discussed. It was always in game adjustments.

Ferguson looked to have conquered this immediately, Ancelotti has built on it, we will know more after this week ahead. I reckon we might nick one of these massive games.

Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 29/12/2019 at 17:52:29
Danny #32, thanks, and appreciate the mention of Sheeds, my all-time favorite Blue -- in fact the player who turned me into an Everton fan in the first place. Rarely has a guy performed more brilliance with less running.

As for Siggy, I always respect a player with the heart of a lion and the lungs of a blue whale, and to me his relentless effort is inspiring. But at age 30, after 400 games of always being the hardest-working player on the pitch, he's lost a step or two that he couldn't afford to lose, and I believe he needs to lay claim to that DM position in order to continue his career at Goodison. With Gana's replacement injured, the job is open.

Fran Mitchell
35 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:42:35
If Siggy is to have a career with us, then he has to drop deeper.

The whole fixation with this 'no10' figure has bugged me ever since Koeman highlighted it as an essential element. But this position has essentially been made redundant in the modern game.

With such levels of pressing, and the fact that teams attack in numbers, means having one player 'floating' in the middle is just not possible yet we have persisted with it because we spend 45 million on one. This has limited Siggy to long range shots, the occasional pass. And as a result, most comments regarding him this season were 'siggy gone AWOL again' just zero impact.

If we can have him playing deeper, then his technique and passing range can benefit greatly our attack, and his work rate (which has never falted) used to help the team when out of possession.

Look forward to Gomes' return too, and hopefully GBamin can return and set a high level. That could actually give us real competition for places and will be interesting to see how Ancelotti takes that one thing is for sure, the current trio have a chance to really cement their places, and this is probably Davies' best chance to cement his future as an Everton player.

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 29/12/2019 at 18:59:17
Good perspective on Sigurdsson that Mike G, it makes a whole lot of sense when you explain your opinion like this!

Going back to Sheedy, and I remember he played in the middle because of injuries, and what a complete masterclass he gave. I remember being on a coaching course with a Leicester player who played against Everton during this period, and when I was raving about Reid, he told me it wasn't that hard playing against him, but he never got a kick against Sheeds!

Andy Crooks
37 Posted 29/12/2019 at 19:15:21
Mike @ 34, that is a really good post. However, I believe it would involve a total re- think of his game. To me, he is past the stage to re-invent himself.His work rate is incredible but I believe he is driven to score, always looking for a chance. No Gana.
Jerome Shields
38 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:07:13
Didn't think Sigurdsson was 30. Agree with Mike's prognosis regarding his future at Everton.
Jamie Crowley
39 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:08:13
After two games, a few things seem blindingly obvious to me. And they are very simplistic in nature.

1. We move the ball forward very quickly now, and it's wonderful to watch

2. I truly believe Moise Kean is going to turn into Carlo's pet project, and whereas he was invisible under Silva, we're going to see a lot more of Kean.

Tony Hill
40 Posted 29/12/2019 at 20:35:09
Sigurdsson is not a defensive midfielder. He has neither the legs over a season nor the tackling strength. He has never done it for us as we all hoped he might given the price paid, despite some fine goals.
Paul Tran
41 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:02:05
Sheedy was a marvellous player. Pure class. Yet all I heard on the terraces was how lazy he was. Then he'd do something special.

It's not about how many miles you run, it's what you do with that round thing that matters. And what you do in front of the kop after you smash in a free kick.

Danny O'Neill
42 Posted 29/12/2019 at 21:46:35
Paul; that. Say no more. Ability wins. You need passion and desire, but it means nothing without ability. & vice versa
Don Alexander
43 Posted 29/12/2019 at 22:22:04
I've long thought Siggy to be a very very talented player indeed. To me he has the ingredients to now flourish further. Those ingredients are AC's decision to provide more than one player up front for a very fine midfielder to find. Even Swansea played in a way more attacking way than we've done for decades (and, yes, I realise they got relegated, without him of course).

When you do that you get more goals, more free-kicks within striking range, you occupy more of the opposition's defence and midfield, and by inference the speed and effectiveness of their attacks.

What's not to like?

Whether he plays deep, as yesterday given our injuries, or further forward I expect him to now play like the player he can be, given the tools.

Mark Andersson
44 Posted 29/12/2019 at 22:39:52
Some great positive posts however I cant agree that players over 27 cant learn. I'm 59 and have just learnt 5 Beatles solos on guitar. I have also just learnt 50 songs that I know all the lyrics too and accompanied with guitar.

Maybe the older players legs lose a yard but their brain should be able to take in new information to utilise their football skills..

I hope big Dunc is learning from the master and that will be good for the future of our club...

Shaun Laycock
45 Posted 29/12/2019 at 22:50:01
May I suggest Blink by Malcolm Gladwell...will give a new perspective on how prior experience can give you an edge re: Siggy's reinvention. The legs may have lost a yard but the brain hasn't.
Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:07:37
PT #41, amen.

Andy #37 and Tony #40, even playing in an attacking position Gylfi has always been up with the club leaders in tackles and recoveries. He ain't Gana, but he's a ballwinner, as he showed by triggering the winner against Burnley. And positionally he's a far, far better defensive player than Gomes will ever dream of being. Gylfi wins twice the balls with half the fouls.

Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and a footballer is a footballer. Given the chance, I think he'll prove out. And it looks like Ancelotti will have to give him the chance.

Ciarán McGlone
48 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:12:52
Players waltz past Sigurdson with ease. That's why he resorts to stupid fouls and dragging opposing players back.

Brian Williams
49 Posted 29/12/2019 at 23:23:13
They waltz past him because he's slow I'm afraid. Sublime skills at times but lacking in pace.
Bob Parrington
50 Posted 30/12/2019 at 08:09:14
There has been an impressive fluidity in the team for the last two games and not so many occurrences of our players getting in each others way/going for the same ball etc. - in many ways, the play seems a lot calmer and under control, even professional.
Surely Carlo hasn't had time to drum this in to the players in such a short time. Perhaps, as has been mentioned by others already on here, the players have the skills but they respect the new manager!

Baines was excellent yesterday, as was Holgate once again. DCL put in a great effort and performance, as did Richarlison. Good team performance.

It was good to see Moise Kean get a start. I thought he did quite well, although occasionally, he looked a little lost after an Everton attack had broken down well up the pitch. More game time please for him - he looks like he has it in him to do very well.

Steven Telford
51 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:51:12
Do you dare to Dream .
Having him as manager, I'm still getting my head around it.
the debates around him have been so interesting, the lingering statement that he has not "dug a weak team out" sort of statements.
Well, if he does a job here for us, it will be a big crest on his CV.
Ian Riley
52 Posted 30/12/2019 at 21:27:14
Standards are high under ancelotti. He will improve players or move them on. The players can't question him as he has won everything in the game as a manager.

Still in shock we got him at Everton!

Ivan Varghese
53 Posted 30/12/2019 at 21:54:08
Good match, but we still have problems with balls over the top. If Newcastle had a penalty in the opening minutes, it would have been different. I still see the back-line in disarray with zonal and runners like Andy Carroll. I also would really like to see Bernard's creativity playing deeper behind the strikers.
David Donnellan
54 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:39:29
When we were linked to Ancelotti, I never understood when it was said that he was the wrong fit for us.
The suggestion that he should have gone to Arsenal, blah, blah, blah.
He is used to working with better players, blah, blah, blah. He isn't used to managing teams in the bottom half of the table, blah, blah, blah. Usually lazy punditry spouted in the papers & on the tv & radio, sadly some of our fans bought into this generalisation of him.
For me it is simple, a top class manager is a top class manager & can manage anywhere at any level & can motivate, man-manage & get his ideas & tactics across.
Neil Wood
55 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:20:36
dup
Andy Crooks
56 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:56:21
Keep politics out of it, Neil.

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