Everton supporters have been reasonably happy in the Transfer Tavern during the international break, what with their team entering the two-week interruption having finally recorded their second away Premier League victory of the season.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their most recent league encounter with relegation-threatened Stoke City having mustered only one win in their preceding 15 league matches on the road, a run which saw them pick up just eight points along the way. Nevertheless, the Toffees finally got that second success away from Goodison Park last time out as a Cenk Tosun brace either side of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s equaliser secured the three points for the Merseysiders, in turn moving them to the 40-point mark and 12 points clear of the division’s relegation zone.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can finish the season strongly to build some much-needed momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club will axe manager Allardyce in the summer in favour of Shakhtar Donetsk chief Paulo Fonseca.
And while the 45-year-old would likely do a good job at Goodison Park, the Everton hierarchy simply most forget about a move for the ex-defender, and instead make an ambitious move to bring Carlo Ancelotti back to the Premier League.
Ultimately, the 58-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football, having won domestic titles in Italy with AC Milan, England with Chelsea, France with Paris Saint-Germain, and Germany with Bayern Munich.
Add in three Champions League titles, two with Milan and one with Real Madrid, and Ancelotti is up there as not only one of the greatest managers in the modern day, but also of all time – the calibre of clubs he has managed only seeks to further emphasise that.
And what a coup that would be for forward-thinking Everton if they were somehow able to lure him to Goodison Park.
Ancelotti has trophy-winning experience at every club and in every country he has managed, and would be the sort of big-name manager owner Farhad Moshiri seems to want at Goodison Park, having also been linked with Atletico Madrid chief Diego Simeone.
Importantly, the 58-year-old has already proven his capabilities in England having led Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup title back in 2010, and while he was sacked the year after, he still managed a second place finish in the league, and indeed reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Clearly, Ancelott’s appointment as Allardyce’s successor would be a hugely exciting one for Everton fans, who can thus continue to look forward to a bright future what with money evidently available to improve the squad, alongside a move to a new stadium in the coming years.
And if the Toffees are serious about challenging and thus mixing with the top six clubs, Ancelotti is the calibre of manager who can make that happen.
As such, the Merseysiders must forget about a move for Fonseca, and instead make an ambitious bid to lure 58-year-old Ancelotti to Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!