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Ancelotti in the frame as Pochettino declines Everton approach

| Friday, 06 December 2019 52comments  |  Jump to last
Carlo Ancelotti is another of the names being considered as Everton assess how best to proceed following the sacking of Marco Silva.

The former Chelsea boss, currently in charge at Napoli having signed a three-year deal there last year, is being viewed as an ambitious option by the Everton board but an approach to former Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been turned down.

Pochettino is out of work after being dismissed by Spurs last month but is thought to be holding out for a bigger role, possibly at Manchester United where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still grappling with trying to get the Red Devils back into the top six.

According to The Times's Paul Joyce, Everton have sounded the Argentine out but a later report in The Athletic suggests that he rejected the overtures.

The Blues' hierarchy is likely to get a similar response from Ancelotti who has a succession of high-profile roles among his recent posts, including PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and is unlikely to look favourably on a "firefighter" and squad rebuilding role at Everton.

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:02:21
As long as it’s not Moyes. We need someone who likes to build from the bottom up, who’s tactically sound, motivationally strong and is a ball-breaker to use an American term. Ancellotti is none of the above.
Jay Harris
2 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:09:14
I would love us to get Ancellotti. I have been advocating him since before Silva and if we could get him it would show ambition.

I also hope he remembers the club from his Chelsea days and sees the current position as temporary.

Soren Moyer
3 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:13:27
According to a few websites, Everton have been in contact with the agent of Marcelino, and the Spaniard is interested in a move to England. This can be more realistic than Ancellotti.
Robert Tressell
4 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:19:02
Ancelloti is a manager of big personality superstars. Not a good fit.
Rob Hooton
5 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:20:51
I don’t know why but Ancelotti just does not inspire me at all, whoever it is will need time and our full support as we have so many bang average (or below) players - it is a tough ask for any manager.
David Pearl
6 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:23:31
These so called elite managers want it all on a plate don’t they. I never got Tin Can Alley when l asked for it 40 years ago you don’t hear me going on about it. I’m not one to hold a grudge for more than 40 years.

Jay, there seems to be a limit to the I’m immediate ambition Moshiri has. Looks as though he want to get a young squad and young manager that grows and improves together. Or he did. We pay a fortune to mismanage us. Who’s next on the gravy train? Last stop Runcorn.

Gavin Johnson
7 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:23:48
If true, at least we tried with Poch which show's Moshiri still has a level of ambition. I see Ten Haag is also being considered, but he won't leave Ajax until the end of the season.

My own choice is still the fat Spanish waiter, but Ten Haag could be an option at the end of the season with Dunc managing until the summer.

Barry Rathbone
8 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:31:11
"IF" true about Pochettino then thank god.

No more morose overrated dullards please. If he was a winner Spurs would have kept him.

Soren Moyer
9 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:31:29
Anyone Knows more about Marco Rose at Borussia Mönchengladbach other than he adopts a high-intensity pressing game? He has won Austrian bundesliga twice before being appointed by Borussia Mönchengladbach this season.
Jordan Wood
10 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:32:09
Steve Bruce currently showing up rafa, who's gone to China for the money, and people still want him... Sad.
Frank Crewe
11 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:34:06
I doubt Ten Haag would wish to manage a Championship side where we could well be if we leave Dunc in charge until the end of the season. Of course I might be completely wrong and Dunc might turn out to be the best manager Everton ever had. We may thrash Chelski tomorrow and Lampard is doing well with them. But realistically I just can't see Dunc doing any better than Unsworth did.
Derek Knox
12 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:40:39
David P, when we played golf recently that was all you went on about, all round. 😂😋👓

No seriously David, couldn't resist, I think within reason Ancelotti wouldn't be my personal choice (let's face it none of us have any real say anyway) but should he be the one to get the nod and the job.

I could/would accept it and support him, anyone within reason has got to be better than what we have just got shut of, AND the 3 before him.

Although he had to go I suppose, we have made no significant improvement since Bobby BS and wasted an absolute fortune in the process!

Deep down I think Moshiri knows he has both been duped by Tiny Tears, and also realised that his attempts at playing Football Manager for real, have been both a bitter and expensive experience.

So this where I believe Brands will be a big influence in the appointment of the next Everton Manager, or why else have him as DoF and elevate him to Board status, if he is to be over-ruled on all things of a serious Football nature?

Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:41:43
Ancelotti was slated at Bayern. Robben said his training was at the level of 8 year old soccer. He was also called “yesterday’s man” and “uninspiring”
Steve Ferns
14 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:43:46
Kieran, I think it’s just he’s a man manager and not a coach and so he was the worst possible man to follow Bayern. He’s wrong for Everton because we need a coach to make our players better. Ancelotti would want money to spend and spend.
Mark Guglielmo
15 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:44:30
FFS with the ten Hag shouts. I will be the first one to step up and eat the crow if there's 1% element of truth or possibility of getting him.

Soren @3 I pray to the football gods that would be true. Marcelino would be an excellent option for us, and right now IMO.

Derek @11 "Deep down I think Moshiri knows he has both been duped by Tiny Tears, and also realised that his attempts at playing Football Manager for real, have been both a bitter and expensive experience." - so far my favorite sentence on TW today haha

Soren Moyer
16 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:46:44
Mark #14. He has been my choice for years now.
Joe McMahon
17 Posted 06/12/2019 at 18:48:52
We need a good manager who is turned on with stadium consultations, but doesn't mind having a current stadium that is like nothing else they have seen. The added carrot is to create history and get Everton into the Champions League for the first time of course.

I know I'm being grumpy it's just I work with a red.

Anthony Murphy
18 Posted 06/12/2019 at 19:40:01
I honestly think taking everything into consideration we really need someone for the next couple of seasons who can steady the ship and put us in a strong position for our ‘big name’ to come in. We are 18 in the league and currently lack some fundamentals needed for premier league football. I would love a Poch, or ten Haag but realistically we ain’t getting those guys are we. A number of ‘wildcard’’ options are being thrown about, most would represent a gamble right now and we simply cannot take a stab in the dark. So, looking at all factors and thinking about readiness for that future ‘big name’ to really push us on, I would go for . Chris Wilder

Before I’m accused of lacking ambition, take a look at what we actually need right now. Wilder would get us organised and playing as a cohesive unit. I’ve followed him for a while and he is undoubtedly a very good manager. I love what he says - anyone hear him giving his thoughts on VAR yesterday? First and foremost he would keep us up. I think that is where I am at right now.

Brian Williams
19 Posted 06/12/2019 at 19:44:41
Anthony I've been thinking the same myself and wonder whether we've tried to run before we can walk.
Incremental steps required methinks rather then great leaps.
Derek Knox
20 Posted 06/12/2019 at 19:50:51
Anthony @ 17, there is a lot of practical sense in what you say, but why would Chris Wider realistically come to us?

He is a Sheffield man through and through, is sitting comfortably at present in the Premiership (okay beaten at home by the Barcodes) but that is the only blemish thus far.

He knows his players will give him 100% and what they lack in skill they more than make up for that with tenacity and are prepared to fight for the cause.

He is a Local Hero (although he never met Burt Lancaster-(Knox Oil), film = Local Hero) and he doesn't strike me as being a mercenary!

It is someone along those lines that we need as you say to elevate our position to a respectable level, but who in this day and age is going to accept a short-term Contract that is NOT going to involve Megabucks?

Robert Tressell
21 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:07:05
Wilder would take the Everton job in summer after doing the heroic job with Sheffield Utd. But he wouldnt jump ship now. We're largely looking for people out of work or about to be out of contract. Howe and Dyche might leave mid season as a better offer may never materialise. There aren't that many realistic possibilities mid season.
Jay Wood

22 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:07:41
Bugger! We'll have to cross Nigel Pearson off our list.

Watford have just beaten us to his signature.

Every cloud has a...oops!

Drew O'Neall
23 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:08:48
I’ve read Ancelotti’s book and it’s about the most uninspiring load of predictable, middle of the road dross you could imagine.

I can well believe Robben’s comments about his basic training sessions and that he’s yesterday’s man.

The last thing we want is another manager without any ambition to succeed a la Koeman.

Mark Guglielmo
24 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:10:54
Jay you were going to say "...has a SilVAR" lining, admit it.
Andy Crooks
25 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:10:59
Honestly, I don't understand why Steven Gerrard is not in the betting, while Moyes is odds on. Who would you rather have?. A winner or Moyes?
Robert Tressell
26 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:11:31
I guess Watford really are gearing up to go down. Maybe we can pick up Doucoure in summer.
Grant Rorrison
27 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:12:00
They've really slipped up by not including him, Andy. :)
Mark Guglielmo
28 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:16:06
I wouldn't really put a whole lot of stock in ANY odds. As a reformed gambling addict, I know full well that the sole goal of any bookmaker is to set a "line" that will encourage the most bets on BOTH sides. In doing so, they mitigate any losses because they're collecting what's known as vigorish ("the vig") on all the losing bets. It's pure profit (bet $100, lose $110, so even paying out an equal $100 to a winning bet, they come out on top).

I also am fairly certain the larger bookmaker houses use web crawler software, which instantly scours 1,000s of sites - news, rumors, media, socials, etc. - for "mentions" of this or that manager. The more mentions a manager gets, the more "attractive" they make the odds look because it will drive the most number of wagers placed. And so forth.

Maybe it's entirely different in the U.K., I dunno. Wouldn't be the first time something didn't translate across the ocean.

Dave Lynch
29 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:19:15
Gerrard is the next liverpool manager when Klopp leaves for Bayern.

You can't get even money for him taking the Liverpool job even now.

Andy Crooks
30 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:23:03
Dave,I think Klopp will be at Anfield long after Gerrard leaves Rangers. The days of the boot room are gone from everywhere bar Everton.
Robert Tressell
31 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:27:39
Gerrard is being lined up as the next Leeds manager after Bielsa - with McAllister as number 2. Succeed there and he may get the Liverpool job. I think Pardew will be in at Liverpool after Klopp.
Shaun Laycock
32 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:34:59
Arteta for me.
Andy Crooks
33 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:35:04
No, Robert, Pardew will go to Bayern.
Brian Williams
34 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:35:30
From what I've heard Klopp has no intention of renewing his contract, the shite still pay Gerrard, and he's their next manager.
Don Alexander
35 Posted 06/12/2019 at 20:55:25
Some of us realise that despite the depth of attachment we all have for our club (nigh on six decades in my case) the world beyond us sees only a modest club, with little meaningful history and a crap ground.

Hard to swallow admittedly but I think we can forget about an established manager of note. Only a mega-mercenary would be interested in any case. We need a man of presence, energy, integrity, backbone and no little skill as a coach and psychologist. Most of all we need a man chosen by Brands, answerable to Brands alone, with Brands backing him all the way as his axe gets wielded all round Finch Farm.

If Moshiri's still in it for real (and the Bramley-Moore Dock planning application to be delivered this month will be a clue) then he's going to have to take another hefty hit to his wallet as a result of the bungling that's jeopardised the club ever since he took Kenwright at his word and all but bought him out.

Bill Gienapp
36 Posted 06/12/2019 at 21:22:18
Barry (8) - Pochettino not good enough for us? That's a new one.

I think Ancelotti is all wrong for us for a multitude of reasons that I've voiced in the past. That being said, if the alternatives are Moyes or Pereira, I'll fly to Italy right now and pick him up personally.

Steve Ferns
37 Posted 06/12/2019 at 21:34:03
I think Barry Rathbone might be our ex-physio and he wants to join Moyes in getting the band back together?
Derek Knox
38 Posted 06/12/2019 at 21:46:06
Kieran @ 13, sorry I missed your post earlier which made me unfortunately laugh raucously, regarding the subject matter of this article to quote you "Ancelotti was slated at Bayern. Robben said his training was at the level of 8 year old soccer. He was also called “yesterday’s man” and “uninspiring”.

I immediately thought jokingly, he would fit in well then! A Laptop or Tablet with heatmaps etc, would be replaced with pictures, sticky back plastic and loads of Sellotape or Blue Tack!

Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 06/12/2019 at 21:47:54
Derek I know right he'd be right at home lol
Ray Roche
40 Posted 06/12/2019 at 22:59:48
I mentioned the other day that I'd read a quote that Tottenham wanted Ancelotti but his asking price was far too much so they took Mourinho instead.

I'll show my arse in Lewis's window if Ancellotti comes to Goodison.

Clarence Yurcan
41 Posted 07/12/2019 at 01:37:14
Ancelotti would be a great hire. That shows true ambition.
Bobby Thomas
42 Posted 07/12/2019 at 02:57:02
I'm getting mid-late '90s, Peter Johnson "pleasantly surprised" vibes. I don't trust this board to get the right man, or at the least not drag out and fuck this process up.

The handling of the Silva sacking screams "problem club". That was a stone-cold farce at Finch Farm. Moshiri addressing the players? Why? He hasn't got a clue what he's doing. Brands must be wondering what the fuck he has got himself into. It's a shambles.

I didn't think there was a possibility we could go down, but I do now. The thought of who we may end up with – and how long it may take to get it done – terrifies me.

Bobby Mallon
43 Posted 07/12/2019 at 07:39:45
Don’t believe a word of it. We have not sounded out Poch or Ancellotti just talk to keep us fans in check
James Stewart
44 Posted 07/12/2019 at 09:41:24
@43 My thoughts exactly. They will then say we tried etc. Then enter Mr.Moyes.
Mike Kehoe
45 Posted 07/12/2019 at 09:47:04
It would be great if Ferguson could be the one. I know it sounds like the basis for an emotional rollercoaster of a music and all that, but it could work out well. I would hope the one thing he could transmit to players is determination and heart, qualities long absent and grievously missed, factors that can result in the whole being more than the sum of all its parts; whereas we have expensive indifferent misfits, arguably the best technicians at the clubs since the mid nineties, but utterly spineless gobshites to a man.
I hope he makes massive changes from the start, bench Gylfi, bin Schneiderlin, go with two up top and have a go. See what’s happens. Fuck knows we are due a bit of luck.
Phil Greenough
46 Posted 07/12/2019 at 09:54:17
Many Evertonians thoughts will be mirroring yours this morning, Mike. Let's just remember though, if Duncan does go gung ho and play two up front, I hope he doesn't get crucified for doing it if it ends badly. Fortune favours the brave. COYB.
Dan Nulty
47 Posted 07/12/2019 at 10:57:38
I feel sorry for whoever is making the phone calls from Everton to these managers, they must feel really embarrassed being laughed at.
Barry McNally
48 Posted 07/12/2019 at 11:09:34
Two years too late.
Justin Doone
49 Posted 07/12/2019 at 14:41:31
Seemingly clueless at the top.

The same as it was 2 years ago, we may not attract the best but I truly hope we are trying to get the best in.

Pochettino, Mancini, someone who can set a team up to defend whilst using the pace and movement of attackers going forward.

All we can do is hope is that it's 3rd time lucky. I don't count Unsy or Sam, they were more a short term necessity.

Chris James
50 Posted 07/12/2019 at 15:30:36
Call off the search, lads... we've got a front-runner.

He knows a bit about the club, in fact he already has his own car-parking spot. ;-)

Nicholas Ryan
51 Posted 08/12/2019 at 11:36:21
1. Would Ancelotti be a good manager? Yes
Is he coming? NO.

2. Barry [8] Pochettino: 'morose, overrated dullard' … a tad harsh, perhaps?!

3. Frank [10] ….'We may thrash Chelski tomorrow' ….. err !!

Phil Smith
52 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:39:50
No chance he'll come.

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