Former footballer Ruud Gullit does not believe that Everton will be successful in their reported pursuit of Carlo Ancelotti as the Toffees seek a new manager.
Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli amid a period of turmoil at the club, despite securing qualification to the Champions League knockout stages last night with a 4-0 victory – while Everton has been mooted as his potential next move.
Meanwhile, Everton’s search for a new boss had earlier taken a setback on Tuesday when Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira ruled himself out of the running for the role.
Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, Gullit doubted that a manager of Ancelotti’s calibre would be interested in the Everton job, suggesting that he is made for a club capable of playing in the Champions League.
He said: “I think Ancelotti belongs to a contender for the Champions League.
“He has been with the biggest clubs in Europe. And he won everywhere – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain – these are big clubs.
“Therefore, it was a surprise for me [that he went] to Napoli, but [they play in the Champions League], but Everton doesn’t play [in the] Champions League, not even close to it at the moment.”
When looking at Ancelotti’s recent job history, it would be fair to say that him turning up at Goodison Park would represent something of a departure from the kinds of roles he has taken over the years.
The current vacancy at Arsenal – which Gullit proceeded to speculate on – was a destination that the Dutchman seemed more hopeful of despite the Gunners not reaching the Champions League for the past three seasons.
His comments seemed to pour cold water over the idea that Ancelotti would take on the chance to turn Everton into a modern-day European giant, while suggesting that the Emirates Stadium may suit the Italian more.
Arsenal’s greater experience in European football’s top-tier competition certainly backs up that theory, though if Gullit was surprised by Ancelotti’s decision to seemingly take a backward step in taking over at Napoli, it can by no means be impossible that becoming Everton manager may yet be a position that intrigues the one-time Premier League winner enough.
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