Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Italian Mastermind Odds On Favourites To Take Charge Of Everton: The Right Man For The Job?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Everton’s bad patch in the Premier League continues as they failed to get past minnows Brighton & Hove Albion. Wayne Rooney’s last-gasp equalizer salvaged a point for the Toffees otherwise, it could have been another shambolic loss for Ronald Koeman’s side.

The Dutch gaffer continues to be in the firing line following the miserable start to this season. The Toffees’ dip in form has left them lurching at the 16th position and if the situation continues to go beyond their hands, it could turn out to be disastrous.

Everton are generally patient when it comes to firing managers and goes by their rulebook, Koeman still has the necessary time to repair the damage. But as things stand, owner Farhad Moshiri wants to recover his investments and wants some quick results, so he might opt for a new face in the dugout.

Carlo Ancelotti’s name has been hovering rounds for quite a while and the fact that he is currently out of a job has been fuelling the speculation. The Italian gaffer recently parted ways with Bayern Munich and is readily available at the moment.

Bookmakers have hinted there might be a change of stewardship at the Goodison Park and Ancelotti could be given the charge. In the last few years, Everton have reinvented themselves in the European circuit and there won’t be a dearth of coaches who would love to have a try in the Premier League.

Ancelotti is one of the best in the business currently and having guided Chelsea to a Premier League title earlier during his tenure at the Stamford Bridge, he would be the best bet for the Merseyside club.

There are a number of problems that need addressing at this moment. Everton let go Romelu Lukaku from their books but failed to replace his goals properly. Instead of spending on a striker, they disbursed the money to strengthen the other sections of the squad.

The likes of Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney are not viable options and Koeman needs to understand the game has changed completely these days. You need to have a proper centre-forward to take the club forward and Everton lack such a player, a spine, in the squad.

Ancelotti has an envious CV which includes league titles in Germany, England, Italy and France. The Toffees are no near to being title contenders but they do have a chance to qualify for the next round of the Europa League if they perform well in their remaining group matches.

It remains to be seen how the English club tackle the current situation but do you think Ancelotti will be a hit at Everton?

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