Star coach Carlo Ancelotti has found a new job at English Premier League club Everton 11 days after his ejection from Italian runners-up SSC Napoli. The Toffees announced the signing of the former head coach of German record holders Bayern Munich on Saturday, just before the point game against London league rivals Arsenal until 2024.
Ancelotti will make his debut on Everton’s bench to replace Portuguese Marco Silva, who was sacked at the start of the month, in the Boxing Day match against Burnley on Christmas Day (26 December).
“There is a clear vision of the owners and the leadership to get successes and titles. It excites me to help make this vision a reality,” Ancelotti said in a statement from the club.
His involvement with the local rivals of Champions League winners FC Liverpool had already become apparent at the beginning of the week. Last Monday, Ancelotti and Everton’s board are said to have reached an agreement in principle. Against Arsenal, however, Scotland’s Duncan Ferguson was once again on the bench as interim coach.
Everton are Ancelotti’s second stop in the Premier League. From 2009 to 2011, the ex-professional worked in London with Chelsea FC and led the Blues to the Double in his first year under his direction.
Everton are in acute danger of relegation after a botched first-round match. Under Ferguson, however, the former European Cup winner left the danger zone after the first two games since splitting from Silva, at least for the time being.
For Ancelotti, joining Everton means a faster-than-expected comeback. Last week, the ex-professional had to officially vacate his post in Naples just hours after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals due to continued lack of success in Serie A.