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Carlo Ancelotti "agrees in principle" to become Everton manager

Thom Malone
Thom Malone

08:45 16 Dec 2019

Everton appear close to appointing Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.

The Merseyside club have been under the temporary stewardship of Duncan Ferguson following the sacking of Marco Silva.

Since being handed the reins, 'Big Dunc' has overseen a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park and a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United.

Everton have since confirmed that Ferguson will remain in charge for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City at Goodison.

It's reported that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed "in principle" to become Everton's new manager.

The former Juventus, Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss is due to hold talks with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri in London.

Prior reports that Ancelotti had arrived on Merseyside for talks appear wide of the mark, and final agreement on his appointment remains some way off.

Ancelotti's only been out of work for over a week following his unceremonious sacking by Serie A side Napoli.

Despite progressing to the last-16 of the Champions League, the 60-year old former Juventus and Bayern Munich manager was dismissed after a run of seven winless games in the Italian top flight.

Ancelotti is Everton's first choice to take over at Goodison, with the Daily Mail claiming that Duncan Ferguson would remain as part of the coaching staff.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Everton put out the feelers first, and it was down to Ancelotti as to whether or not he'd take up a second Premier League role of his coaching career.

Ancelotti spent nearly two seasons in charge of Chelsea, guiding them to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010.

Kean

If he's appointed, one of Ancelotti's first tasks at Everton will be to rebuild the confidence of his fellow Italian Moise Kean.

The 19-year old was substituted only 19-minutes after coming on himself in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

It was the latest episode in a disappointing start to Premier League life for the Italian international striker.

Having been replaced by Oumar Niasse, Kean was ignored by Ferguson and instead of taking his place on the bench, trudged down the sideline to the tunnel.

Ferguson said he'd speak with Kean about the incident this week, but said the reasons for the substitution were, "He struggled to get up to the speed of the game and I said I was going to put on a guy who can handle it a bit better.

"It was no slight on Moise Kean, I just wanted to kill a bit of time."

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