With Carlo Ancelotti set to become the new Everton manager before the end of the week, Sky Sports News reporter Alan Myers reveals all the details behind the appointment in the latest Transfer Talk podcast…
What have Everton done to convince Ancelotti to join?
“That’s a really good question because when his name was mentioned just after Marco Silva left the club, I had heard Ancelotti was certainly under consideration and I also learnt from Italy that he was interested in the project.
“We have to look at one man in this and that’s Farhad Moshiri. There have been a number of suggestions from the board of directors at Everton of different names. David Moyes has been mentioned, Mikel Arteta was mentioned and Vitor Pereira was talked about. All through this whole process Moshiri has had his own opinions and his own views of what he wants.”
‘Ancelotti fits Moshiri’s vision’
“He once said to the Everton fans that he wanted to bring in a Hollywood manager. They were the words he used and eventually he’s got that. He will do everything he can to get this deal over the line.
“It’s down to Moshiri. He has those high expectations for the club, and I’m sure everybody else has those expectations, but he has his own visions and Ancelotti would fit into that.”
Is Marcel Brands under any pressure?
“It’s a really interesting dynamic. The whole director of football position is still one we question on a regular basis.
“Brands came into Everton almost on a white horse and nothing he could do was wrong. The fans really took to him and the signings of Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina from Barcelona, he gave this impression he could go out and get pretty much who he wanted to a point.
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“Moving away from Duncan, I’m led to believe that there have been five or six managers spoken to. Pereira was definitely one. I think they’ve looked at Arteta but whether there’s been a discussion, I don’t know. Eddie Howe has been under consideration and I think there’s been a couple of others. The River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo, is someone who there was strong interest in.
“Obviously, there’s David Moyes and my information is he’s been interviewed on more than one occasion with regards to taking over the role and we saw Bill Kenwright in the lounge at Everton after the Chelsea game telling people what happened when Ferguson was appointed as interim manager. He specifically said he told Duncan it was for one game.
“That would suggest to me that they had someone in mind to take over and I suspect that might’ve been Moyes until, of course, the night Ancelotti got sacked. I think that opened up the whole thing again and they had to take another direction.
“As I said, I think Moshiri then had his eyes set on Ancelotti.”
How much money will Ancelotti be given to spend in January?
“This is the big question. As we all know, Everton have spent a lot of money over the last few years. I think they are £230m-odd net spend over the last four or five years. Compare that with Leicester City, who have spent around £150m. They have won the league once and are challenging Liverpool again this season.
“If you are Moshiri you are looking and thinking what have I got for my money? At this moment in time, with Everton’s league position and the situation they are in, not a lot.
“Will he be happy to just open the funds again for January? I think there are two issues. One, from what I gather, is there’s an FFP, a profit and sustainability issue that they obviously have to work within those constraints, which I’m sure they will.
“Also, he’s got to look at Ancelotti and he’s not going to come in and not want to improve the squad. There are positions at Everton that still need filling and deals that have not worked. There are a lot of players still at Everton who are probably surplus to requirements. So, it is about getting rid of those players as well, which we know is not easy.
“There are a lot of questions around who he buys, how he can buy and when he can buy, but I’m sure they will all be in the discussions in regard to him taking the job.”
Where would Ancelotti stand in the history of the club?
“There’s a lovely fact that post-war, the only managers to win silverware at Everton are ex-players. Joe Royle, Howard Kendall and Harry Catterick all played for the club previously and they are the only managers that have won silverware at the club.
“A lot of people were looking at that and thinking that was maybe in the thinking of Arteta and others, however, Ancelotti represents what I think every Everton fan hoped for and thought was going to be the case when Moshiri took over the club. They realised that under Kenwright there was a certain standard they could get to and no one ever made any other claims than that. It was always going to be a difficult one although they did tremendously well under those circumstances.