Arsenal have fallen behind in the race for Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to reports from The Sun.
The British publication are reporting that the north London giants have fallen behind Everton, who are said to have opened talks with the former Napoli coach.
After the Gunners and the Toffees sacked Unai Emery and Marco Silva respectively, both clubs are on the lookout for a new head coach.
It seems that there is an array of targets linked with both posts, with reports in The Mirror claiming Arsenal have as many as 10 targets, meanwhile, Everton are said to still be in for former manager David Moyes.
The Merseysiders moving ahead of the Gunners in the race for Ancelotti isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if the red half of north London have ambitions over improving the state of their club.
In Ancelotti’s last two managerial spells, it became obvious that he had lost some of that golden touch that saw him win the Champions League with Real Madrid and AC Milan. He was sacked by Bayern Munich and Napoli, with reports from his time at both clubs that he had fallen out with players and club officials.
Arsenal have already seen how a bad relationship between a manager and players can affect a club, as demonstrated by the apparent tensions between Unai Emery and Mesut Ozil.
There also remains the small matter of Ancelotti’s ‘hands-off’ managerial style (via The Telegraph). When the Italian was at Bayern Munich, winger Arjen Robben said his son (in the 11-13 age group) had better training sessions.
The Emirates Stadium side are in freefall and in real danger of not qualifying for the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season. They would arguably suit a manager who will direct the team and is able to help players improve rather than someone who will sit back and remain anonymous.
If Everton are to beat Arsenal to the appointment of Ancelotti, it certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Arsenal need someone who is hands-on, and unfortunately, Ancelotti doesn’t appear to fit that profile.
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