After starting his new job this weekend, Carlo Ancelotti held his first press conference as Everton manager today.
Yes it’s true and not an illusion that we all fell victim to over the weekend, Ancelotti is actually the Everton boss!
The urbane Italian, speaking in excellent English, set out his thoughts on why he took on this job and what he hopes to achieve in his time on Merseyside.
Ancelotti spoke at length about why he decided to step into the Goodison Park hotseat. He cited the club’s great history and traditions and said that the Blues hierarchy had sold him on their ambition to return to the top-tier of English football.
He also intimated that while he might well look for reinforcements in the upcoming transfer windows, after watching the game on Saturday he was impressed with the players spirit and satisfied that he had some good talent to work with.
Crucially Ancelotti reiterated that Duncan Ferguson will be a key member of his backroom staff and that he will have a significant role to play as the 60-year-old begins to re-shape the team.
That is a message that will be welcomed I think by most Evertonians. Ferguson’s impact in the short time has had and the links he has with the players and supporters, will be important to helping to bed in the new regime, especially if there are tough times ahead.
There was a message to that the new manager shares the ambition of Blues fans to get back to a competitive position and to winning trophies as soon as possible.
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As well as taking about the longer-term, Ancelotti also indicated that the Toffees will field a simialr team for the game against Burnley as he doesn’t feel there is enough time to make any significant changes. However there might be a few tweeks here and there.
This approach makes sense and shows already the degree of experience and canniness that Ancelotti possesses. Rather than make any immediate or sudden, profound alterations he is carefully assessing his new first-team squad and maintaining a degree of continuity to begin with.
We can look forward to seeing just how the new Everton boss will set his team out to play when Burnley come to Goodison Park in three days time.