Former footballer Tony Cascarino believes that Everton’s new approach under Carlo Ancelotti will see the Italian coach steer the Toffees clear of the relegation picture.
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An extremely tight Premier League table with the second half of the season underway sees just five points separating 18th-placed Bournemouth and the teams above them in the bottom half – with Everton in 11th on 25 points following Ancelotti’s first three games in charge.
Assessing the chances of going down for each side in the bottom half for The Times, Cascarino has no fears over Everton’s top-flight status while Ancelotti is at the helm – suggesting that the new manager’s tactics will get the points required to avoid a tense finish to the campaign at the wrong end of the table.
Backing Ancelotti to instil a ‘winning mentality’, he said: “I don’t see Carlo Ancelotti going to Everton and thinking: ‘I’ll play tight.’
“He’s used to being at successful clubs with a winning mentality. Watching him put Moise Kean, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the same forward line is telling everybody that Everton’s approach is going to be different and it will win games. I can’t see Everton being dragged into it.”
With two wins and a slender defeat to Manchester City, it has been a rather pleasing start for Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
That those early victories mean Everton still remain well within reach of those situated in the lower regions of the table demonstrates how tight the race to stay up could be this year – though initial signs could explain why Cascarino does not seem too alarmed by their position.
Everton’s promising start under their new boss is presumably not the only thing giving Cascarino confidence as to their Premier League future – judging by the former Chelsea striker backing West Ham to go down despite a barnstorming 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth as former Goodison boss David Moyes earned a similarly fine start upon his return to the London Stadium.
So perhaps this is just the beginning for Everton under Ancelotti as the Toffees continue their push for a top-half berth in the new year having flirted with the drop zone earlier in the season.
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