By Pranav Shahaney

5th Jun, 2021 | 7:10am

The Athletic revelation highlights shocking Ancelotti behaviour at Everton

The Athletic’s report on Carlo Ancelotti’s approach at Goodison could leave a sour taste in the mouths of Everton fans after the Italian unceremoniously left for Real Madrid.

In their combined piece for The Athletic, Greg O’Keeffe and Patrick Boyland have given an insight on the final days and hours of Ancelotti’s reign along with a detailed insight of his tenure at Goodison Park.

An interesting thing from the article that stood out was the Italian’s hands-off approach and the lack of coaching nuance that he’s been lauded for in the past.

They wrote, “Son and assistant Davide [Ancelotti], a popular and respected figure, would run regular analysis sessions, the source said the message from his father could occasionally lack specificity — ‘Just play’, was one generic instruction.

“The players had largely been united behind a coach who has won the European Cup with AC Milan (twice) and Madrid, even as he struggled to solve the puzzle of their home form that undermined their targets for the 2020-21 season.

“A couple had, on occasion, grumbled about being played out of position, but the majority were always prepared to do whatever Ancelotti asked, such was their belief in his credentials.”


Despite the Italian’s puzzling ways, it’s good to see that he had the backing of the dressing room.

However, the fact that he asked the players to ‘just play’, makes us wonder why we hired him in the first place.

He was brought in because he was a serial winner and had a defined playing identity, having managed in and won some of the most prestigious tournaments on offer.

The Italian roped in quality players that we previously struggled to sign, but his departure could leave a few of them considering over their futures.

It’s important that the next manager that comes in has the reputation of dealing with huge egos and also someone who can help continue this project and help establish us as a regular top-six side.

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