Former Everton star Michael Ball insists that Carlo Ancelotti’s exit could well be a blessing in disguise for the club.
The Italian has departed Goodison Park to move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the wake of Zinedine Zidane’s resignation at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It has left Everton on the hunt for a new manager, a search that has taken more than a few twists and turns.
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Ball, though, believes that the club could well have been saved a fortune by Ancelotti’s decision to move back to Spain, where he had previously won the Champions League with Los Blancos.
Ball believes that given his previous track record at Everton – he oversaw a 10th-placed finish in 2020/21 – he could have been sacked by Christmas, had this summer gone wrong.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, ex-Toffees star Ball said: “There’s only so much the board can do. They’re backing players, they’re backing managers, and they’re not performing, how many opportunities do you want to give them?
“And I feel in the long run, the silver lining regarding Everton, it could be a blessing in disguise because if Carlo brought in a couple of players in the summer and it never worked out, Carlo might have been gone by Christmas, with the expectations of the board, and that would have been a big compensation package to release Carlo from his contract.”
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