Why Everton and Arsenal can forget about Ancelotti
The sacking of Carlo Ancelotti has kicked off inevitable links to both Arsenal and Everton, but he is unlikely to take either job.
The Serie A side chose the hours after a convincing 4-0 Champions League win over Genk to announce they had parted company with Ancelotti, 18 months into a three-year contract.
Despite that win taking them into the last 16 of the Champions League, all has not been well in the south of Italy for a while, and Ancelotti has ultimately paid the price for a poor season in Serie A that has seen Partenopei fall 17 points behind leaders Inter Milan.
Almost as soon as the news broke, reports immediately linked the 60-year-old with a move to Arsenal, while reports also claimed that Everton would seek to hold talks with him at the first opportunity.
However it will be a huge surprise if he takes either job.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 10, 2019
First up, there is a good chance that the Italian will want to take a short break from the game following an intense spell in Naples. Just like Mauricio Pochettino and Massimilian Allegri, time is needed to sit back, reflect and recharge the batteries before getting ready to go again.
A swift move to either club looks unlikely for that reason alone.
On top of that, would Ancelotti really want to go to either club in their present state? Ancelotti is not a ‘firefighter’, and there are issues at both clubs that need sorting out before they can move forward and challenge for honours.
Ancelotti would be up for the latter part, but there is a lot of sorting out to be done before either club are at that stage.
Looking at Ancelotti’s CV says it all. AC Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Bayern Munich. All top European clubs that were in a position at the time to win top honours and the silverware followed.
Two Champions League titles and the Scudetto with Milan, Champions League with Real, Premier League and FA Cup double while at Chelsea, plus league titles with both PSG and Bayern.
Even with Napoli, they had a chance of winning the Serie A title when he took charge, and they finished second behind Juventus in his first season.
Ancelotti will not be keen to pull Everton away from relegation with a view to push for the top six eventually, or trying to resurrect Arsenal and get in the top four.
This is a coach who wants to win trophies and titles, neither Arsenal or Everton can offer him hope of that at the moment.