Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are gearing up for their trip to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this evening, a clash which will signal the start of the post-Ronald Koeman era at Goodison Park following his sacking on Monday.
The Dutchman was relieved of his duties by the Toffees hierarchy after overseeing a woeful start to the season, in which they have won just two of their opening nine Premier League games, and sit firmly rooted to the bottom of their Europa League group. And Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at home to Arsenal was the last straw for the former Southampton boss, who was informed on Monday that he would no longer take charge of the club after 16 months in the job.
And it will now be up to caretaker boss David Unsworth to lead the team at Stamford Bridge tonight, but our resident Evertonians are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent update regarding their managerial situation (via The Nanfang Daily), which suggests that any slight hope they had of luring Carlo Ancelotti to Goodison Park is all but over.
The 58-year-old has been out of work since the end of September after losing his job at Bayern Munich, where he spent little over a season yet comfortably led them to a fifth successive Bundesliga title, finishing 15 points clear of second place Red Bull Leipzig.
However, their failure in the Champions League, they lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last term, and their poor start to this season’s competition brought about the end for Ancelotti, and he has subsequently been linked with the Everton job in the last few days.
Yet reports from Chinese newspaper The Nanfang Daily suggest that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid chief, winner of domestic titles in five different countries, is in discussions about taking over at Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, who clinched a seventh successive title under Luis Felipe Scolari last weekend.
But with the ex-Chelsea boss set to leave the club at the end of the current campaign, Ancelotti appears to be the front-runner to take over, and as such Everton look certain to miss out on the Italian, who had hinted at taking the rest of the season out of the game before embarking on his next challenge.
Landlord’s verdict: Although Everton’s chances of luring Carlo Ancelotti to Goodison Park were getting slimmer by the day, they look almost certain to be over now given his reported talks with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 58-year-old lost his job at Bayern Munich last month and has since been linked with several posts in England, but he did hint that he would take the rest of the season off before returning to management, which itself all but ended Everton’s hopes of appointing him as their next manager.
The Toffees were likely already considering alternatives to Ancelotti, but it now looks like they can completely rule him out of taking over the Merseyside outfit – news which is likely to provide no respite for our suffering resident Evertonians.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!